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Russia seizes China-bound truck with 800 bear paws
http://www.enn.com/news/2004-03-23/s_14242.asp

MOSCOW — Russian customs seized a truck heading for China after agents uncovered a load of animal parts, including nearly 800 severed bear paws prized for exotic dishes, Russian media reported recently.

NTV television showed footage of agents unloading bags on Friday full of the paws, which fetch high prices in Chinese restaurants.

It said the illicit cargo, concealed beneath piles of used car batteries and boxes of food, also included assorted antlers, pelts of fur-bearing animals, and dried sea cucumbers.

Poaching is rampant in many parts of Russia, particularly in poorer Siberian and far eastern regions.

Twelve years after the collapse of Soviet rule, widespread poverty often overshadows ecological and environmental concerns, a low priority in public opinion and in government policy.

NTV said the Chinese driver of the truck had been detained pending further investigation.
 

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Thats been going on for years and years poor bears 200 tolal there they use the paw for bear paw soup $100.00 to $150.00 a bowl and suprised they didn't have the gull blatters wich are usally dried then ground to powder and sold as some kinda medicine I forget what that rate was going for???
 
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