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Walruses brutally slaughtered for 'impotency cure' 

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 December 2015

Carcasses of 19 beheaded mammals found on the coast of Beringia National Park - with their penile bones cut out.

Some carcasses of the walruses were taken away by villagers and eaten, it is understood. Picture: Andrey Gynon

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

The walruses were shot then beheaded, suggesting they were also killed for their tusks. The bulucums of the Pacific creatures had been extracted - penile bones which are used as an amulet to boost potency. Tusks can be used for carving. 

Park inspectors Andrey Gynon and Vyacheslav Semykin found the sickening sight during a patrol in Mechigmensky Bay.

Beheaded walrus


Beheaded walrus

The walruses were shot then beheaded, suggesting they were also killed for their tusks. Pictures: Andrey Gynon

Local police did not find any criminal action in the incident, it was reported. Nevertheless a criminal investigation was opened by prosecutors in Chukotka, the most easterly region of Russia. 

A rookery of some 400 walruses is at Cape Gytrytkyn,  to the east of the site of the slaughter.

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Park inspectors Andrey Gynon and Vyacheslav Semykin found the sickening sight during a patrol in Mechigmensky Bay. Picture: The Siberian Times

The value of the damage was put at 400,000 roubles, around $6,000.

Some carcasses of the walruses were taken away by villagers and eaten, it is understood.

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Please stop the senseless slaughter of walruses and make those accountable for this atrocious act of violence.
Alice Kizas, Canada
04/12/2015 03:04
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