Animal Smuggling Ring Busted with 213 Bear Paws

bear-pawsChinese customs officials have made a grisly discovery of 213 bear paws being smuggled in from Russia…

The horrific discovery came when officials checked the wheels of a van in Inner Mongolia.

Customs officials are said to have become suspicious by two Russian men acting strangely.

And when they scanned the vehicle they found the paws – thought to have come from brown bears – stuffed in the wheels and spare tires…

“The demand is huge because more people can afford them and the country has the tradition to treat bear paw as a rare ingredient for cuisine or as an expensive present,” [an official with Animals Asia Foundation] said.

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