1,800 POUNDS OF DOLPHINE MEAT SEIZED FROM TWO PEOPLE IN TAIWAN…

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Taiwan coastguards said on Thursday they have arrested two people and seized  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 265 pounds to restaurants.

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They were arrested under the country’s wildlife protection laws and face up  to five years in jail and a fine of up to $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.

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

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

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/19/taiwan-seizes-820-kilograms-dolphin-meat/#ixzz2fPki56ja

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