More than 1,000 stuffed animals, including protected species such as tigers, elephants and polar bears, have been seized in Spain in a smuggling investigation. The private collection is estimated at nearly 29 million euros.
Tigers, elephants, polar bears, more than 1,000 stuffed animals, nearly half of which come from protected or extinct species, were seized in Spain in an investigation for smuggling, we learned this Sunday.
Spanish Civil Guard officers discovered a private collection of 1,090 stuffed animals, estimated at almost 29 million euros, in a shed in Bétera, near Valencia, in eastern Spain.
This is “the largest discovery of stuffed animals protected at national level and one of the largest in Europe” announced the Spanish Civil Guard in a press release published this Sunday, April 10, 2022.
White rhinos and Bengal tigers
Among these pieces, 405 come from protected species, some of which are extinct such as the oryx dammah, or threatened with extinction such as the Bengal tiger and the addax, as well as cheetahs, lynxes, polar bears, rhinos whites, a crocodile, an elephant and 198 pachyderm tusks in particular.
These animals belong to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and the owner of this collection is under investigation for smuggling and several crimes against the environment.