Mexico seizes 10 tigers, 5 lions in cartel-dominated space

MEXICO CITY — Prosecutors in Mexico stated Saturday they’ve seized an enormous assortment of unique animals together with 10 tigers, six jaguars, 5 lions and different species in a cartel-dominated city.

The announcement got here only a week after U.S. prosecutors revealed {that a} boss of the Sinaloa cartel fed his enemies, alive and lifeless, to tigers he stored.

The invention introduced Saturday got here within the western state of Jalisco, the turf of a cartel of the identical identify.

Authorities didn’t establish the proprietor of the land the place the huge menagerie was discovered. However the township of La Barca, Jalisco has been the scene of mass graves and cartel executions previously.

Brokers additionally discovered antelopes, a llama, deer and birds on the property.

The animals seem to have been stored in pens, stalls and cages over a large space.

It’s not clear why they have been being stored, however the animals have been seized and have been presumed to have been held illegally.

In 2013, not less than 65 our bodies have been unearthed from clandestine burial pits round La Barca, which is positioned close to the neighboring state of Michoacan.

Usually in Mexico, seized animals are taken to non-public or public zoos or reserves the place they will obtain the correct consideration.

The seizure got here every week after U.S. prosecutors revealed grisly particulars about how some drug lords use tigers.

“Whereas many of those victims have been shot, others have been fed lifeless or alive to tigers stored by Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the defendants, who raised and stored the tigers as their pets,” in line with an indictment unsealed April 14 within the New York Southern District towards the Sinaloa cartel and its associates.

The brothers, sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, are the lead defendants amongst 23 associates named within the indictment.

Mexican narcos’ fascination with unique animals has lengthy been identified.

In 2022, images from the scene of a drug gang shootout with police through which 11 gang members died, confirmed a small monkey — wearing a tiny camouflage jacket and a tiny “bulletproof” vest — sprawled throughout the physique of a lifeless gunman who was apparently his proprietor.

True to type, the lifeless monkey rapidly acquired his personal “corrida,” the normal Mexican folks ballad typically composed in honor of drug capos.

“Life may be very brief, it wasn’t the monkey’s flip (to die),” in line with the ballad, posted on social media.

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