Foggo, D. and Jaber, H. (2007, July 22). 'For a price I can get you any animal
taxidermy; zoos; loophole; government; trade; CITES; tigers; Europe
Jean-Pierre Gerard walked between the ranks of elk antlers stacked neatly against the walls of his taxidermy warehouse, past the folded skin of an elephant and the remains of a crocodile before stopping next to the mounted body of a gigantic roaring lion.
In front of him, spread out upon the floor under the baleful gaze of a stuffed vulture on a nearby pedestal, was an array of beautiful animal skins.
Three tigers, a cheetah and two lynx had recently died to provide the colourful spectacle that Gerard now proudly unveiled to his British guests.
The 49-year-old taxidermist believed them to be potential customers looking for tiger and cheetah pelts to turn into stuffed curiosities for a house in Scotland.