No jail time for trying to selling animal parts in Fife

A man who tried to sell endangered animal parts has been given a Community Payback Order.

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Monday 5th December, Gary Whyte was ordered to undertake 250 hours of unpaid work, having been convicted for offences relating to the Control of Trade in Endangered Species Regulations in October.

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Wildlife Crime Officers in Fife launched an investigation after being alerted to the items being put up for sale on an online auction site.

A search of the 50-year-old’s home address in Cowdenbeath resulted in the recovery of the animal parts, which were subsequently confirmed to be tiger claws.

Speaking following today’s sentencing, Constable Lindsay Kerr, Wildlife Crime Officer for Fife said: “Whyte stood to make a significant profit from the sale of these tiger claws, the sale of which is a contravention of endangered species legislation.

“As soon as Police Scotland became aware of the items being illegally offered for purchase online, a robust investigation was launched, which resulted in Whyte being convicted in October.

“The sale of endangered animal parts will not be tolerated and anyone involved in such activities can expect to be dealt with by police.”