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Taiwan seizes seven tonnes of dolphin meat

Published on Jan 14, 2014 5:44 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese authorities said on Tuesday they had confiscated 7.65 tonnes of dolphin meat in one of the largest hauls of its kind.

Officials seized the meat while searching a frozen goods factory in the southern city of Kaohsiung over the weekend.

Tests confirmed the product was dolphin, and it is estimated 150 of the animals were slaughtered to create the stockpile, the Pingtung Forest District Office said.

The factory owner, who said he bought the meat from local fishermen, faces up to five years in jail and a maximum fine of NT$1.5 million (S$63,000) for violating wildlife protection laws, said the agency which organised the search.

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