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China customs confiscate 213 bear paws

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 08:34 PM

Customs officials at Manzhouli, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, discovered a haul of 213 wild bear paws that had been hidden in a vehicle by two Russian nationals, the biggest seizure of smuggled paws ever made by Chinese customs.

The initial investigation found the paws may come from the brown bear, which is a nationally protected animal in China.

http://www.globaltim...ml#.UcDCp9h-odU

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 08:44 PM

With all of today's technology and vast knowledge easily accessible through the internet, why are there still people in developed nations that rely on "hocus pocus" medicine like bear's paws and tiger bones and what have you? I'm guessing the majority of the user's are from a generation that isn't as accepting of this new age. I expect a large portion of that illegal animal medicine market will disappear in the near future as the older generation passes on.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 09:20 PM

View PostDark_Grey, on 18 June 2013 - 08:44 PM, said:

With all of today's technology and vast knowledge easily accessible through the internet, why are there still people in developed nations that rely on "hocus pocus" medicine like bear's paws and tiger bones and what have you? I'm guessing the majority of the user's are from a generation that isn't as accepting of this new age. I expect a large portion of that illegal animal medicine market will disappear in the near future as the older generation passes on.
We can only hope but I wouldn't count on it.


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 09:42 PM

Dang, that's a lot of bear paws, which means a lot of dead bears(50+?)


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 06:47 AM

View Postpallidin, on 18 June 2013 - 09:42 PM, said:

Dang, that's a lot of bear paws, which means a lot of dead bears(50+?)
I checked just to be sure and yes it's definitely 50+
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