Breaking! Antiques Dealer Richard Wales Fined For Advertising Tiger & Leopard Parts For Sale In Scotland


Antiques dealer and “conservation  consultant,” Richard Wales, was fined yesterday for offering a tiger’s head and other parts of endangered species for sale over the internet.

According to Police Scotland, Wales ran an on-line business under the name The Explorers Study, buying and selling antiquity products containing animal derivatives from an address in Newton St. Boswalls.

The case, which stems from a 2015 search of Wales’ residence by Police Scotland officers and a Wildlife Inspector from the Animal & Plant Health Agency, includes the attempt to sell numerous items such as a mounted tiger head that was found hanging on a wall in his home.

The search also recovered a quantity of items including claws from protected animals including tiger and leopard. Subsequent analysis of evidence was undertaken with the assistance of the National Wildlife Crime Unit and DNA Wildlife Forensics at SASA.

“We are committed to investigating crimes against endangered species as part of the worldwide campaign to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife. However, these types of enquiries can be complex and time-consuming so the assistance provided by our partners is much valued,” said Police Scotland’s Wildlife Crime Coordinator, Detective Sergeant Andy Mavin. “This is the second conviction this year in Scotland for offences under the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997 and we shall continue to investigate incidents to enforce these regulations wherever appropriate.”

The Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997 prohibit the sale of certain species of animals or their derivatives. The highest category of protection under this legislation is given to certain species which are considered threatened by extinction due to trade. Both tiger and leopard fall into this category.

“International legislation exists to protect animals in danger of extinction from trade. It is recognized that trading in such animal parts and derivatives can endanger the few remaining species left in the wild and has resulted in global preventative action,” continued Head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Lou Hubble. “It is therefore incumbent on everyone, wherever they may live, to ensure they abide by the law in order to protect the dwindling stocks of rare animals left on the planet.”

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