Watch: Stuffed Tiger and Other Wildlife Contraband Burned
A stuffed tiger, a frozen tiger carcass, a tiger skin, several sea turtles, a stuffed sambar deer head, a stuffed timor deer head, 28 python skins, a monitor lizard skin, two pieces of ivory, and a rhino horn were burned in the city of Medan, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, on January 10.
Government authorities and the nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) organized the burn as a way to destroy high-value evidence from wildlife crimes to ensure the items don’t find their way back onto the black market. Once a trial is over, says Dwi Adhiasto, of WCS Indonesia’s Wildlife Crimes Unit, there’s no need to keep the products in storage.
“The products just consume office space and could create disease,”