Russian restaurant serves LEOPARD and TIGER meat on its menu
Mirajul Moin Joy
Published: February 5, 2015 6:30 pm
Nirapad News : Cops have raided a Moscow restaurant where leopards and tigers were being chopped up for wealthy diners.
Sickening footage taken at the scene shows the grisly remains of the endangered animals.
Russian authorities detained a Vietnamese man on suspicion of involvement in the killing and trafficking of endangered animals.
The suspect is accused of supplying eateries with illegal meat.
Officers discovered big cat skins, heads and around 50 kg of meat believed to be the remains of an Amur (Siberian) tiger and an Amur (Far Eastern) leopard.
The remains that were seized have been sent away for scientific analysis.
Investigators are working on the assumption that the animals were hunted and killed to be turned into exotic and lucrative dishes.
Tiger meat is quite popular among some of Russia’s elite because they believe that eating it improves their business skills and sexual stamina.
It is also possible that the remains not used in cooking could be sold on for high sums to the traditional Asian medicine market.
Investigators estimates that one kilograme of tiger meat can fetch around £1,000, heads are estimated to be valued at £2,500, while the tiger skin is worth roughly £7,000.
Police colonel Pavel Milovanov told RT: “Officers conducting the interrogation and from the Moscow Investigative Committee staged an investigative operation at Sadovod market in the South East Administrative Region [of Moscow].
“During the operation they found and confiscated the skins of two wild animals, supposedly an Amur tiger and a leopard.”
The Amur leopard is considered to be critically endangered while the Amur tiger has the endangered status, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature.