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Taxidermist in prison for the second time for illegal trade in endangered species


The taxidermist, who was arrested after photos of him stood next to the probe detonated with a trophy collection, is again put behind bars for the illegal trade in black rhinoceros horns

  • Aaron Halstead was jailed for 24 weeks in 2015 for trafficking in animals
  • He had illegally bought three sperm whale teeth, a cheetah skull and a dolphin
  • He has pleaded guilty to nine crimes involving the trade in endangered species

A taxidermist was jailed for the second time for trafficking in tiger skulls, tiger teeth and black rhinoceros horns between September 2014 and January 2018.

Aaron Halstead, of Burnley, Lancashire, pleaded guilty earlier this year to guilty of nine offenses against the control of the endangered species trade, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The swimming instructor was also charged with crimes related to the tusks and ivory of an African bush elephant, which held two baby tigers and sold African tree pangolin.

Aaron Halstead of Burnley, Lancashire will be illegally trafficked for the second time between September 2014 and January 2018 in tiger skulls, tiger teeth and black rhinoceros horns

The 29-year-old was arrested in 2015 for illegally buying three sperm whale's teeth, the skulls of a cheetah and a dolphin

The 29-year-old was arrested in 2015 for illegally buying three sperm whale's teeth, the skulls of a cheetah and a dolphin

Halstead runs a website he runs from a room in his parents' house and a social media account he calls Halstead Taxidermy

Halstead runs a website he runs from a room in his parents' house and a social media account he calls Halstead Taxidermy

"This is how you fit a two-foot-long grizzly bear into a car!" Halstead wrote on his Taxidermy Facebook page

The swimming coach (pictured) pleaded guilty to nine crimes, including the sale of sperm whale teeth and sawfish platforms

The swimming coach (pictured) pleaded guilty to nine crimes, including the sale of sperm whale teeth and sawfish platforms

He was previously detained for 24 weeks in 2015 after officials discovered he had illegally purchased three sperm whale teeth, a cheetah skull and a dolphin.

Halstead's new charges came after Lancashire Police and the National Wildlife Crime Unit alleged Halstead was involved in the sale of sperm whale teeth and sawfish podiums.

An investigation into the illegal trade in endangered species found that he sells these animals from a website he operates from a room in his parents' home.

He calls himself Halstead Taxidermy on social media and has posted numerous images of stuffed tigers, bears, an orangutan and elephant feet.

He has published numerous photos of himself and stuffed animals that helped him prosecute in 2015

He has published numerous photos of himself and stuffed animals that helped him prosecute in 2015

Halstead claims to be an animal lover and touts that it specializes in big cats and big game

Halstead claims to be an animal lover and touts that it specializes in big cats and big game

Halstead pictured himself joking around with a sea turtle hell on his back

Halstead pictured himself joking around with a sea turtle hell on his back

He's posted pictures of himself roaring next to a tiger's head, riding a giraffe, wearing a leopard skin coat with a beaver skin – and even driving a car with a stuffed zebra in the back.

During a raid on his home in 2013, officers found three sperm whale teeth, a cheetah skull and a dolphin skull, and a stuffed snowy owl.

These antique elephant feet are one of the things featured on the swim coach's website

These antique elephant feet are one of the things featured on the swim coach's website

Lancashire police said Halstead's goods had become popular with some customers as some of the animals he traded were featured in popular media

Lancashire police said Halstead's goods had become popular with some customers as some of the animals he traded were featured in popular media

Previous trials revealed that he was a one-man tape dealer in endangered and antique stuffed / canned animals and pelts

Previous trials revealed that he was a one-man tape dealer in endangered and antique stuffed / canned animals and pelts

Previous trials revealed that he was a one-man tape dealer in endangered and antique stuffed / canned animals and pelts.

The 29-year-old is due to be sentenced at Preston Crown Court today.

Lancashire police said Halstead's merchandise had become popular with some customers as some of the animals he traded were featured in Game of Thrones, the Harry Potter films and the Compare the Meerkat ads.

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