Woman charged for trying to sell two extinct tiger skins on eBay
A woman from North London, tried to sell two tiger skins on eBay, one of which was from a Javan tiger - a species already extinct due to loss of habitat and hunting by poachers.
After carbon dating proved these skins were post-1947, it meant that the sale of them was illegal.
The defendant was charged with four counts of buying & offering for sale two tiger skins, and one count of providing the UK CITES Management Authority (APHA) with false / misleading information. She pleaded guilty, and was given a 6 month suspended sentence and a fine. We want to congratulate the Met Police Wildlife Crime Unit on this successful investigation and hope that with this prosecution fewer animals will suffer as a result of the illegal wildlife trade.
Thousands of species of animals and plants are protected under the CITES convention. It is illegal to trade live wild animals or their products and parts such as illegal ivory, rhino horn, skins or traditional medicines under this protection without a licence.
If you suspect the illegal sale of a protected species, please contact your local wildlife crime police officer on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.