Taipei, A man was arrested Wednesday for his alleged involvement in the harvesting of endangered cetaceans after being stopped with a truckload of chunked meat in the northeastern county of Yilan.
Acting on a tip, local coast guard officers stopped the man in driving a vehicle carrying 17 sacks of meat in Su'ao Township Wednesday afternoon.
Based on a preliminary examination by officials from the county's Agriculture Department, the confiscated items, weighing 449.5 kilograms in total, were determined to be cetacean meat.
Further tests will be conducted to ascertain what species it belongs to.
The suspect, aged 53 and identified by his surname Lin (?), denied catching and killing the endangered marine animals, claiming he was hired as a driver to deliver the goods to Yunlin County in southern Taiwan.
The man will be charged with violating Article 16 of the Wildlife Conservation Act, and the case is now being investigated by local authorities.
According to Article 16, protected wildlife must be conserved and not disturbed, abused, hunted or killed.
Anyone caught violating this provision is subject to a prison term of up to 5 years and fined between NT$200,000 to NT$1 million (US$32,184).
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel