Thai police undercover wildlife slaughterhouse
Feb 6, 2012, 10:01 GMT
Bangkok - Bangkok police discovered a slaughterhouse that specialized in butchering and stuffing tigers, zebras, elephants, crocodiles and wild buffalo, an anti-trafficking group said Monday.
Police raided the site in the capital's Yannawa district Saturday and interrupted four men in the process of chopping up a 400-kilogram male tiger, FREELAND director Steven Galster said.
'We suspect some of the animals were bred in, or laundered through, private zoos in Thailand,' he said.
Eight people were arrested.
Colonel Norasak Hemnithi, nature crime police commander, vowed to pursue the head of the operation.
Police believe the stuffed wildlife was destined for China.