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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:38 PM
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there's a market for bear paws along the Russo-Sino border
The New York Times

An illicit trade in animal parts has begun in Blagoveschensk. Customs agents, suspicious of a womans bulky clothing, discovered she had tape wrapped around her torso.

Removing it, they found the contraband: several large, furry bear paws.

Closed for decades, the border between Russia and China has been creaking open in recent years, allowing more trade and travel but also clearing the way for a peculiar cross-border criminal enterprise in animal parts for Chinese medicine and cooking.

It is very widespread just now, Aleksei L. Vaisman, a senior coordinator for Traffic Europe-Russia



http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/world/asia/30animals....
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:42 PM
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1. Basically, the human species is pretty creepy. n/t
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:43 PM
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2. Dumbasses.
I suppose they cook it up with dog.

Fuckers.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 06:54 AM
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3. One option ...
Treat the paws with a long-lived but virulent toxin (anthrax?),
tape them back up and let the mule go on her way in the belief
that the customs officer has been appropriately bribed.

Remove the demand and it removes the incentive to hunt & smuggle.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:04 AM
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4. FUCK CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
Have a nice day!
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