Vietnam police seize five tonnes of iguanas


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The Independent Online

Police in northern Vietnam have seized five tonnes of pangolin and iguana carcasses destined to be shipped to restaurants in China.

Police found the frozen carcasses in a warehouse in Mong Cai town near the Chinese border on Wednesday.

Pangolins - a type of scaly anteater - and iguanas are considered delicacies in China and Vietnam. They are protected under an international wildlife convention and trafficking of the animals is illegal.

A 30-year-old trader told police that he had bought the animals in central Vietnam and intended to sell them to China.