Taiwan uses biotech to safeguard whales and dolphins
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan has started using advanced biotechnology to protect endangered whales and dolphins against poachers, supplementing existing DNA testing, officials said on Tuesday.
A newly developed government-financed litmus test will show within minutes whether meat samples seized from poachers are whale or dolphin meat, Council of Agriculture officials said.
Poachers previously tried to avoid prosecution by cutting the heads off dolphins or whales which they caught.
Three years ago, the council began using DNA tests to identify the meat, but results took five days to arrive.