Wednesday, Feb 19 2020
All Cities
Choose Your City
'Irkutsk has the sins, the false hair, and the perfume for which Paris is noted'
Mrs John Clarence Lee, 1914

Customs seize 18 smuggled bear paws on freight train to China

By The Siberian Times reporter
07 August 2015

Paws were attached to underside of carriage in Zabaikalsk region.

'In the last three months on our customs post revealed three such attempts. A total of 31 bear paws have been detained.' Picture: Federal Customs Service

A total of 18 brown bear paws were seized by customs in the latest attempt to smuggle such goods to China. The paws have big value on the black market and are coveted for traditional medicine a cure-all for a variety of ailments from sexual impotency to treating fevers. 

Chinese citizens face jail for smuggling yet the threat seemingly does not reduce the demand or frighten the criminals. Vyacheslav Tsyrempilov, deputy head of the customs post ZHDPP Zabaikalsk, said: 'This is not the first case of attempt to smuggle the paws of a bear.

'In the last three months on our customs post revealed three such attempts. A total of 31 bear paws have been detained, with a total weight of 40 kilograms.' 

Smuggled bear paws


Smuggled bear paws

A total of 18 brown bear paws were seized by customs in the latest attempt to smuggle such goods to China. Pictures: GTRK Chita, Federal Customs Service

For the latest batch, five bears must have been illegally killed. 

In May 2015 at the customs post were found seven bear paws, which had been concealed in the train carriage with ore concentrate. In June, six bear paws were found in a carriage with timber. 

One of the largest batches of bear paws ever seized was found by Chinese customs concealed in tyres in May 2013. Two Russian citizens tried to smuggle through the Russian-Chinese border 213 bear paws.

Add your comment

We welcome a healthy debate, but do not accept offensive or abusive comments. Please also read 'Siberian Times' Privacy Policy

Name

Town/Country

Add your comments

The views expressed in the comments above are those of our readers. 'Siberian Times' reserves the right to pre-moderate some comments.

Control code*

Type the code

* obligatory


News

Business

The Bank of Russia official exchange rates of foreign currencies
EUR69.09USD63.77GBP82.80Other...