By Kevin Heath
National Wildlife Crime Unit officers and local police from Lancashire have seized a range of illegal wildlife products including 4 leopard skins from a house in Burnley. The search was undertaken on 23rd October and a 23-year-old man later handed himself into a local police station.
During the search of the house a range of endangered wildlife items were discovered including:
The items seized are protected by international laws and are included on the Appendix A list of the Control in Endangered Species Enforcement Regulations 1997.
Officers are now continuing with their enquiries and looking at the provenance of the seized specimens.
Chief Inspector Martin Sims, who is the Head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit said, “The illegal trade in endangered species is a UK Wildlife Crime priority. The trade in Annex ‘A’ species is strictly controlled and any person who chooses to trade in such species has a duty to comply – compliance is not an optional extra. We will continue to work in partnership with UK Police forces and other enforcement agencies to target people who are prepared to trade illegally”.