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Inside London's Wildlife Crime Unit

Stuffed tigers and a polar bear skin rug with its head still attached are among the illegally-traded exotic animal products seized by the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit.

MPs are considering changes to the law to tackle the illegal trade in endangered species.

There has been a huge rise in reports of exotic animals - alive and dead - being illicitly bought and sold in the UK.

Police believe London is now a major international hub for criminals involved in smuggling exotic animal products.

Some of the more unusual items seized by officers are kept by the specialist Wildlife Crime Unit at its compound in London.

BBC World Service was shown around the compound by Sergeant Ian Knox.

Video production by Daniel Gordon