Animal disease officials in Taiwan have confiscated more than 400 dried dog penises, testicles and various internal organs in a raid on an illegal slaughterhouse.
A total of 435 penises were discovered in a fridge along with the other body parts, while 12 fresh dog corpses were also found in the raid at the slaughterhouse in western Yunlin county on Tuesday, the Animal Disease Control Centre said.
It was not immediately clear why the owner of the abattoir kept the body parts, a spokeswoman said. But local media suggested the man could have used the penises as an ingredient in herbal wine due to the belief they could help boost male potency.
The man charged is facing up to one year in jail and fined up to 1 million Taiwan New Dollar (approx. $34,500 US)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and other herbal remedies ususally have no better effect than placebo. They use questionable ingredients such as rhino horns, various animal penises, testicles and organs which are not only illegal to import/export in most countries today, they are contributing to illegal poaching and engdangerment of a number of species.
Tip: Al Stefanelli