Taiwan confiscates 435 dog penises at illegal abattoir
TAIPEI (AFP) - Animal disease officials in Taiwan on Wednesday said they had confiscated more than 400 dried dog penises, testicles and various internal organs in a raid on an illegal slaughterhouse.
The Animal Disease Control Centre said a total of 435 penises were discovered in a fridge along with the other body parts, while 12 fresh dog corpses were also found in the raid at the slaughterhouse in western Yunlin county on Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear why the owner of the abattoir kept the body parts, a spokesman said. But local media suggested the man could have used the penises as an ingredient in herbal wine due to the belief they could help boost male potency.
Two live dogs were rescued during the raid and officials also discovered a number of collars, indicating some of the dead animals could have previously been pets, the spokesman said.