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Large haul of bear paws for suspected illegal export found in Russian Far East

By The Siberian Times reporter
23 December 2015

Find included gallbladders of bears and musk deer.

Police in Chuguyevsky district, Primorsky region found 527 bear paws, 11 gallbladders of bears, and three gallbladders of musk deer. Picture: Ministry of Internal Affairs in Primorsky region

It is the latest discovery indicating wild animals are slaughtered so their body parts can be illegally exported for use in supposed medical cures. 

Police in Chuguyevsky district, Primorsky region found 527 bear paws, 11 gallbladders of bears, and three gallbladders of musk deer. The find was made on the premises of the small timber processing company, in railway carriages. 

Bear paws


Bear paws


Bear paws

The find was made on the premises of the small timber processing company, in railway carriages. Picture: Ministry of Internal Affairs in Primorsky region

Police found 37 bags of sawdust in which were hidden the animal parts. A forensic examination was being carried out in Vladivostok.

The case is currently under investigation. Police are seeking to establish who was behind the crime, and where the animal parts were from, as well as which country the were intended to be exported to. 

Comments (2)

It's about time people stopped believing that animal body parts have magical health properties. Mankind is so barbaric and arrogant, makes me sick!
CC, UK
04/01/2016 17:34
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and what are the poachers doing withe rest of the bodies/carcasses? let them rot?Scum...
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
23/12/2015 20:28
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