A joint operation of a police operation came across an illegal Vienna Lion and Tiger Bone Syndicate operating in the northwest of the weekend after at least 40 lions were killed in a lion farm near Clerksdorp.
According to Hawks Speaker Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, six foreign nationals and two South African men were detained in the multidisciplinary operation conducted by members of the Potchefstroom, Hots and Pottsforth and Clearchs Corps crime intelligence units.
The police took action to arrest suspects after careful monitoring of farm activities near Hartbusfontein, the N12 between Klerksdorp and Wolmaransstad.
It is believed that at least 30 lions were killed on the farm on Saturday and another 10 were killed on Friday.
The suspects were detained while driving in a convoy from a N12 farm to an unused farm in Mareetsane. After the search for a white Toyota Hilux bakkie, a Toyota Lexus silver sports car and trailer officers recovered lion bones, lion's, tiger skin, gas cylinders, gas burners, containers, saw, knives and other equipment considered to be the lion's bones.
The suspects took the team to a farm, approximately 30 kilometers from Clerksdorp, where the lions were slaughtered. The lion's skin on the farm was found thrown into the bush, and the large machines – which were thought to have been used to cut the bones – were also found in the garage.
Of course, one of the suspects in South Africa who was arrested is 22 years old working in a hunting lodge in Vietnam that involves pseudo-hunting of rhinoceros and hornbill horn, lion's bones and tiger body parts ,
The eight suspects, between the ages of 22 and 60, are expected to appear in court at Clerksdorpe's Magistrates Court on Tuesday. They will face several charges, including illegal possession of unlicensed game products, and limited activities involving a specimen of listed, threatened or protected species.
The National Council of Animal Cruel Prevention Agencies is currently engaged in a legal battle aimed at banning government policy allowing the export of lion skeletons to Southeast Asia, where they are located in dubious products concealed as healing tonics and potions.