Creepy load of 240 bear’s feet of 60 illegally slaughtered animals is seized
Creepy load of 240 bear's paws that were intended for China to be turned into food and traditional medicines. is confiscated by Russian security agents
- A stock of bear's legs was intercepted by the FSB at a border post with China
- The Russian agents later found tiger legs and mammoth tusks in a garage
- It is likely that the bear's legs were obtained after the illegal slaughter of 60 animals
A creepy load of 240 bear's legs allegedly en route to China has been seized by Russian security forces.
Two legs of an endangered Amur tiger and a few extinct woolly mammoth tusks were also found in the illegal cache.
It is believed that the horrific goods are destined for China to be used in traditional medicines and delicacies.
The bear's feet intercepted at the Chinese border come from the Himalayan – or black – bears that are endemic in the far east of Russia and are likely to have been obtained after the illegal slaughter of 60 animals.
Confiscated: A load of bear's feet of 60 illegally slaughtered animals is seen after being intercepted by Russian security guards
Illegal: two of the legs seized by the Russian FSB security service at a border post between Russia and China
& # 39; Two Russian nationals and two foreigners have been detained & # 39 ;, said a statement from the FSB security authority.
They face up to seven years in prison for smuggling tiger and bear parts and ivory from Russia, the security service said.
In total, 44 bear legs and two Amur – or Siberian – tiger legs were seized by two & # 39; foreigners & # 39; at the Kraskino border post that connects China and the Primorsky region of Russia.
Later 198 bears legs and two mammoth tusks were found in a garage near a house that was connected to the alleged smuggling ring.
Four bags with unidentified body parts of animals were also seized and will now be analyzed.
Sergey Aramilev, Director General of Amur Tiger Center, said the tiger legs were from an animal that died earlier than this year.
The tigers are among the most endangered big cats on the planet.
& # 39; This is clearly a crime, & # 39; he said.
One of the legs in the collection of 240 bear's legs, two legs of an endangered Amur tiger and a pair of extinct woolly mammoth tusks that were intercepted at the Chinese border
The bear's paws come from the Himalayan – or black – bears endemic to the far east of Russia and it is likely that they were obtained after the illegal slaughter of 60 animals
A stock of 198 bear's paws and two mammoth tusks were found in a garage near a house linked to the alleged smuggling ring
& # 39; All circumstances of the crime and all chains in the criminal ring will be determined during the investigation.
& # 39; It is very important to determine where the remaining parts of the tiger are. & # 39;
He warned that only a & # 39; small part & # 39; from a large trade in parts of wild animals by the authorities.
He also praised the FSB for the successful operation in breaking one smuggling route.
Delicacies made with bear's feet – such as soups and stews – can handle prices up to £ 750, it has been reported.
Bears and tiger legs are also converted to traditional medicines to strengthen the spleen and stomach.
They can be used to prevent rheumatism, it is claimed.
Mammoth tusks are ground into powder and can be used for traditional medicines and cosmetics.
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