China arrests three for endangered animal trade

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BEIJING — Police in southern China have arrested three men for dealing in bear parts and other endangered animals, some possibly smuggled from Vietnam, the official Xinhua news agency said on June 26.

The smuggling ring is believed to killed over 40 bears for their parts with an estimated total value of $3.2 million.

POACHED: The carcass of a Malayan pangolin was included in the animal trafficking bust in China

Police in the Guangxi region busted the criminal gang earlier this month and seized “hundreds” of bear paws, bear meat and carcasses of other animals including pangolins and tortoises, it said.
The trafficking ring is believed to have slaughtered 43 bears for their parts, estimated to have a value of 20 million yuan ($3.2 million), Xinhua said.
In China, bear gall bladders are used in traditional medicine while bear paws are an expensive delicacy.
Xinhua said the seized animals were sourced in Guangxi’s Dongxing city on the border with Vietnam and sold across southern China.
Chinese authorities have previously seized snakes and turtles smuggled from Vietnam, it said.
Police in Nanning city, where the men were arrested, declined to comment on June 26.

China arrests three for endangered animal trade

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BEIJINGChinese police have busted a criminal gang involved in illegal trade of endangered animals, seizing hundreds of bear paws, bear meat and animal carcasses from their possession, local officials said.

Three men, all natives of the region, were arrested in a rented residence in the regional capital of Nanning this month after a three-month investigation, according to Nanning city police.

Authorities believe at least 43 black bears were slaughtered for the bear paws. The animals and their body parts are believed to be worth 20 million yuan ($3.15 million), Xinhua news agency reported.

Some of the carcasses, including those of pangolins and tortoises, were sealed in a refrigerator and disguised as tea, police said.

Police said the suspects ordered the endangered animals from the city of Dongxing, which borders Vietnam’s city of Mong Cai to the south, and sold them in southern Chinese cities, including Nanning, Guangzhou and Kunming.

It is not known whether the animals were smuggled across the border.

Officials have dealt with multiple animal smuggling cases on the China-Vietnam border over the last few years, seizing snakes, cobras and turtles.

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