Taiwan seizes 820 kilograms of dolphin meat

September 19, 2013
A dolphin performs on August 11, 2013 at the Marineland animal exhibition park in France. Taiwan coastguards Thursday said they have arrested two people and seized 820 kilograms of dolphin meat as the island steps up efforts to protect endangered animals.

Taiwan coastguards Thursday said they have arrested two people and seized 820 kilograms (1,800 pounds) of dolphin meat as the island steps up efforts to protect endangered animals.

The raid on the couple's home in southern Yunlin county on Tuesday came after Taiwan introduced new biotechnology for on-the-spot testing of suspicious meat.

The couple told the coastguards that they acquired the meat from a supplier in the north and had already sold 120 kilograms to restaurants.

They were arrested under the country's wildlife protection laws and face up to five years in jail and a fine of up to 1.5 million Taiwan dollars (US$50,000) if convicted.

Coastguards said they were still hunting the suppliers.

"The seizure was the biggest this year," Shih Yi-che, a coastguard spokeman, told AFP.

The meat was tested in a laboratory after being purchased by an undercover officer, but Taiwan last month introduced a new litmus paper test that can determine whether meat is whale or dolphin within minutes.

Eating , including whales and dolphins, has long been a tradition for residents in some of Taiwan, who believe they are good for health.

But all species of whales and dolphins have been protected by Taiwan's since 1989.

Explore further: Taiwan uses biotech to safeguard whales and dolphins

Related Stories

Taiwan seizes 2,500 rare turtles bound for China

August 25, 2013

Taiwan coastguards seized more than 2,500 protected turtles bound for dinner plates in China, officials said Sunday, calling it the biggest smuggling case of its kind they had ever seen.

Philippines seizes butchered pangolins

January 6, 2012

Philippine wildlife authorities seized a huge shipment of meat and scales from up to a hundred slaughtered pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, officials said on Friday.

Recommended for you

The strange case of the scuba-diving fly

November 20, 2017

More than a century ago, American writer Mark Twain observed a curious phenomenon at Mono Lake, just to the east of Yosemite National Park: enormous numbers of small flies would crawl underwater to forage and lay eggs, but ...

Chimp females who leave home postpone parenthood

November 20, 2017

New moms need social support, and mother chimpanzees are no exception. So much so that female chimps that lack supportive friends and family wait longer to start having babies, according to researchers who have combed through ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.