A WEST Yorkshire couple convicted of illegally trading endangered animal species have been spared jail.
Wakefield residents Graham and Nora Pitchforth used the internet to sell rare animals across the world, including rare birds and monkeys.
A search of their home and business premises found hundreds of skulls, dead and stuffed mammals, insects and birds.
They also traded hundreds of taxidermy specimens as well as the sale and storage of animals such as owls, Hornbills and Fruit Bats. The couple have been sentenced to 44 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 200 hours of community service.