A woman from Sheffield pleaded guilty to trading in tiger parts.
The Sheffield Crown Court has set 30th March 2015 as the date for sentencing a Sheffield woman for dealing in tiger parts.
Catherine Emberton, 29, pleaded guilty to three offences in contravention of the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997.
The woman, from Gleadless Road in Heeley, was arrested following a joint investigation carried out by South Yorkshire Police Wildlife Crime Officers and the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit. The find of tiger parts was unearthed after a search warrant was executed at her home. Investigation officers discovered a quantity of tiger teeth and claws at the woman’s home. They also found jewellery-making materials.
Tiger parts, as well as those of other endangered animal species, are a treasure, especially in Far Eastern markets where they fetch good returns. Some are used in Chinese traditional medicines while others, like claws and teeth, are used in making novel jewellery.