Traditional medicine official questioned about rhino horn imports

Suspect made NT$100 million over 3 years, prosecutors say

Taiwan News
Date: 2016/10/28
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The honorary chairman of an association of traders in Chinese

By Central News Agency

medicine had made close to NT$100 million (US$3.16 million) by importing and selling banned rhinoceros horns, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said Friday.

The man, named as Lien Chun-ying, was questioned about violations of laws protecting wildlife and later freed after posting NT$1 million in bail, prosecutors said. Elephants and rhinos in Africa have been hunted close to extinction by poachers because their horns sell as medicine, often in Asia.

Over the course of the past three years, Lien reportedly had the rhino horns imported hidden inside containers with other products, and sold them through online groups.     [FULL  STORY]

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