Grisly cargo of 240 bear paws which were ‘destined for China to be turned into food and traditional medicine’ is seized by Russian security agents

A stash of bear paws was intercepted by the FSB at a border post with China
The Russian agents later found tiger paws and mammoth tusks in a garage
It is likely the bear paws were obtained after illegal slaughter of
60 animals

By Will Stewart for MailOnline

Published: 15:15 GMT, 12 November 2019 | Updated: 15:16 GMT, 12 November
2019

A grisly cargo of 240 bear paws which were allegedly on their way to China has been seized by Russian security services.

Two paws of an endangered Amur tiger and a pair of extinct woolly mammoth tusks were also found in the illegal cache.

The gruesome goods are believed to have been destined for China to be used in traditional medicines and food delicacies.

The bear paws intercepted at the Chinese border are from Himalayan – or black – bears endemic to the far east of Russia and it is likely they were obtained after the illegal slaughter of 60 animals.
Seized: A cargo of bear paws from 60 illegally slaughtered animals is seen after it was intercepted by Russian security agents
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Seized: A cargo of bear paws from 60 illegally slaughtered animals is seen after it was intercepted by Russian security agents
Illegal: Two of the paws which were seized by Russia’s FSB security agency at a border post between Russia and China
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Illegal: Two of the paws which were seized by Russia’s FSB security agency at a border post between Russia and China

‘Two Russian nationals and two foreigners have been detained,’ said a statement from the FSB security agency.

They face up to seven years in jail for smuggling tiger and bear parts as well as ivory out of Russia, said the security service.

A total of 44 bear paws and two Amur – or Siberian – tiger paws were seized from two ‘foreigners’ at the Kraskino border post which links China and the Primorsky region of Russia.

Later, 198 bear paws and two mammoth tusks were found in a garage at a house linked to the alleged smuggling ring.

Four sacks of unidentified animal body parts were also seized and will now be analysed.

Sergey Aramilev, director general of Amur Tiger Centre, said the tiger paws were from an animal that died earlier than this year.

The tigers are among the most threatened big cats on the planet.

‘This is clearly a crime,’ he said.
One of the paws in the collection of 240 bear paws, two paws of an endangered Amur tiger and a pair of extinct woolly mammoth tusks which were intercepted at the Chinese border

One of the paws in the collection of 240 bear paws, two paws of an endangered Amur tiger and a pair of extinct woolly mammoth tusks which were intercepted at the Chinese border The bear paws are from Himalayan – or black – bears endemic to the far east of Russia and it is likely they were obtained after the illegal slaughter of 60 animals

The bear paws are from Himalayan – or black – bears endemic to the far east of Russia and it is likely they were obtained after the illegal slaughter of 60 animals A stash of 198 bear paws and two mammoth tusks were found in a garage at a house linked to the alleged smuggling ring

A stash of 198 bear paws and two mammoth tusks were found in a garage at a house linked to the alleged smuggling ring

‘All the circumstances of the crime and all the chains in the criminal ring will be established during the investigation.

‘It is most important to establish where are the remaining parts of the tiger.’

He warned that only a ‘small part’ of a large trafficking operation of wild animal parts is curtailed by the authorities.

He also praised the FSB for the successful operation in busting one smuggling route.

Delicacies made with bear paws – such as soups and stews – can command prices of up to £750, it has been reported.

Bear as well as tiger paws are also turned into traditional medicines to supposedly strengthen the spleen and stomach.

They can be used to counter rheumatism, it is claimed.

Mammoth tusks are ground into powder and can be used for traditional medicines and cosmetics.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7676875/Grisly-cargo-240-bear-paws-60-illegally-slaughtered-animals-seized.html

2 thoughts on “Grisly cargo of 240 bear paws which were ‘destined for China to be turned into food and traditional medicine’ is seized by Russian security agents

  1. “Bryan Berg, of Spokane, also entered not guilty to failure to report shooting a grizzly bear, which carries a possible six-month prison sentence and a $25,000 fine. The charge related to the claws carry a possible one-year prison term and $10,000 fine. Both charges are misdemeanors.”

    I hope those hefty fines and the possibility of prison made him crap in his drawers. ;(

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