24 Jan '11, 11am

Vietnamese police have rescued dozens of weasels, porcupines and snakes destined for restaurant tables

HANOI - VIETNAMESE police have rescued dozens of weasels, porcupines and snakes destined for restaurant tables as part of a crackdown on the trafficking of rare animals, an officer said on Monday. Officers found 19 live weasels, 12 porcupines, 13 snakes and an endangered black-shanked douc monkey, last Friday at a home in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, said Vo Duc Than head of the local environment police. A man, described as a professional animal trafficker who specialised in selling to restaurants, has been charged with trafficking rare animals and faces a maximum of three years in prison, the police officer said. Despite campaigns to curb the practice, wild animal meat remains popular among Vietnamese partly because of its perceived health benefits. -- AFP

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