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Smugglers inflict 50M rubles damages to wildlife of Primorski Territory

Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 897 ✭✭✭
edited February 22 in Your Writing
They may face a real prison term

Attempted smuggling of a large load of wild animal derivatives, including ones of the Siberian tiger as well as a firearm and amber brought some Chinese citizens into custody, as PRIMPRESS reported citing the ‘Amur Tiger’ organisation’s press office.

As experts have found out the main part of the load is derivatives of at least five individuals of the Siberian tiger (a dressed hide, 18 claws, bones and four knee-caps) and of at least of 220 of the white-bearded and the brown bears (879 legs, 306 claws, 3 gall bladder and 6 kneecaps). The damages are estimated as at least 50M rubles ($881K).

The confiscated stones are unprocessed amber worth 40,000 rubles ($705) and the firearm is a Saiga-410 smoothbore gun. Exporting any of these without a special permission is a felony.

‘The inquiry is under way, and we will learn more details of the case. One should know however that investigation of cases of this kind is a difficult job, and masterminds as well as animal killers are rarely to be identified. They always manage to remain in shadow. The detectives’ skills aren’t the issue, the task of following a lengthy criminal chain is too tough for any nation’s law enforcement’, comments the 'Amur Tiger’s Director General Sergei Aramilev.

http://primpress.ru/article/23367 Feb 18, 2018

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  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    @Practical_Severard I hope they go to prison and they throw away the key.

    Poaching is a huge problem in Africa and Asia. It's a big problem in Nepal with demand mainly coming from China for animal parts supposed to have medicinal properties.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 897 ✭✭✭
    edited March 1
    > @mheredge said:
    > @Practical_Severard I hope they go to prison and they throw away the key.
    >
    > Poaching is a huge problem in Africa and Asia. It's a big problem in Nepal with demand mainly coming from China for animal parts supposed to have medicinal properties.

    They can face up to 7 years in jail plus two more for the illegal gun transportation, as I've learned from the Criminal Code. The damage is quite considerable.

    This area is scarcely populated and there're few job opportunities. As for the Siberian tiger, a protected species, a local man may shoot down an individual because it has killed his cow which is worth £700-800 what is a very big sum for him. A Russian author of popular nature conservation books has even suggested legalising trophey hunt on the Siberian tiger. The rationale is that the revenue (which can be $100,000 or even more for a licence) could bring the funds necessary for protecting the species and the relevant jobs for the locals. Once they saw the tiger as an income source they'd swallow a loss of the cow.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    @Practical_Severard In some countries, the government compensate farmers for the loss of animals caused by endangered species. In India snow leopards are no longer killed in revenge for depredations on livestock; instead compensation is paid.

    I don't understand why people want to kill such animals. The Sumatran tiger is now the smallest surviving tiger subspecies (maybe about 400 left) and expected to become extinct soon. The Amur tiger is not much better off with just about 500 left in the wild.
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