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Man Sentenced, Fined for Trafficking Bear Organs


Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, bears, gall bladders, trafficking, sentenced, environment, habitat, protection, wildlife )

Cher
- 1828 days ago - seattlepi.com
Wildlife detectives say investigations into the illegal trafficking of bear gall bladders have led to prison time for one man and a hefty fine for another.



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Tonya B. (120)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 8:59 am
They should of both gotten jail time and more then a year and bigger fines.Maybe one day they will be eaten by a bear.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 9:31 am
But where did they get them? And who did the killing? How much could be fetched for his guts? Thanks Cher...
 

Janine Boguslawski (95)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 9:32 am
Im so happy that they are trying to get rid of these SOB poachers.God Bless!
 

Margaret S. (69)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 9:39 am
At least the authorities are doing something to these scum!!
 

Katz R. (54)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 10:14 am
if they were serious they would start hitting all the herbalist stores in Chinatown across the US and Canada, they would come up with a ton of individuals that could be charged and lead to a ton more poachers
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 10:29 am
Horrible!
 

Rhea P. (103)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 11:47 am
It's so sad to hear about such acts of cruelty to animals. Nice to know that they're doing something about it... I just wish that it weren't happening in the first place!!! Noted and signed. Thanks Cher!! Peace.
 

. (0)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 2:50 pm
hope he's in prison for a long time. he deserves it after doing what he did.
 

Lynn M. (192)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 4:59 pm
Karma leaves no bad deed unpunished. This is horrible and the poachers deserve to be torn to shreds by Bears! Prison time is not justice in this case.
 

Cheryl B. (205)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 5:13 pm
$1,000 fine for that one fellow? That's NOTHING! For those who go to prison - I hope they are educated by animal-loving fellow prisoners.
 

Mervi R. (74)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 5:14 pm
So glad they were caught, but sholud have gotten harder and longer sentences for their actions abusing animals!
 

Betsy Bee (1041)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 6:08 pm
I am delighted that he had to pay a hefty find. Thank you, Cher.
 

Susan P. (17)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 7:01 pm
This is so wrong! Glad that he got some prison time. I hope the experience makes him never do this again.
 

. (0)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 7:10 pm
The methods at our disposal to stop such cruelty,must include education ie teaching people respect for animals..they must include making such cruelty economically inviable..ie stopping the market in such goods...When all reasonable steps are taken and you find someone who still behaves like a scumbag,then very harsh measures must be taken ie long term incarceration,public name and shame,a ban on keeping animals for life.
Although i'm naturally on the humanitarian left wing,there is a point where acheiving the goal of protecting the innocent demands heavy punishments for the perps.
There is the problem that demand for bear organs is being maintained by those who believe in the organs medicinal properties,such people are supplied by some Chinese medicine outlets..I do not beleive there is any scientific basis for the audacious claims made by practitioners who use bear bile in their medicine.We can keep boycotting China ,keep petitioning China and make sure that such products made with cruelty are not allowed in our own countries..whilst putting pressure on the authorities to enforce these laws.
Many countries allow cruelty to bears..Russian den hunting is vile..leaving orphaned cubs and of course a dead mother..In the USA some states allow bear hunting,almost as a right of passage for Junior to move into adulthood.I'm not getting at the Chinese,there are a lot of countries that allow atrocious treatment/killing of bears..I'd just like to put an end to the hideous treatment of bears ,fed by Chinese medicine.
 

Cheryl Ulrich (109)
Thursday December 24, 2009, 9:39 pm
We try hard to buy everything " Made in the USA " , but it's challenging to say the least !! Just about EVERYTHING comes from China , it seems !! :( Everytime I turn around it seems like SOMEONE SOMEWHERE is doing SOMETHING HORRIBLE and we need to boycott them ... KFC , McDonalds , KRAFT , MARS and HERSHEYS candy , CLOROX with their ANIMAL TESTING , SPAIN with their BULLS and CANADA with their SEALS and CHINA with their FUR FARMS and AUSTRALIA with their SHEEP and the USA with our DOG FIGHTING and FACTORY FARMS and it just goes on and on and on !!! God , it gets sickening ! Why can't everyone just shape the F*** up and act 1/2 way decent ?? !!
 

Nyack Clancy (453)
Friday December 25, 2009, 12:52 am
uggg.. this isnt just a problem for the Asiatic Moon Bear.. Im very concerned for the future of our polar bears...
 

Mary Dee (0)
Friday December 25, 2009, 1:05 am
i am so glad that someone somewhere is trying to stop this, moon bears should be left alone, it is obnoxious and upsetting what they are doing to these majestic animals, i wish it could be stopped and stopped for good, i hope that the men caught are put in prison and they rot, sorry but i cannot forgive what they do to these animals, it is barbarick, and should be stopped...thank you cher for all the stories that you bring to our attention, appreciated....
 

Arild Warud (170)
Friday December 25, 2009, 1:57 am
Great that they caught him, TY Cher.
 

Shaheen N. (64)
Friday December 25, 2009, 2:35 am
Good to know action has been taken & others will not follow his footsteps. thanks Cher.
 

Nan B. (62)
Friday December 25, 2009, 2:39 am
Serves him right, I guess it comes around...s
 

Sheila G. (267)
Friday December 25, 2009, 3:33 am
not enough jail time, not enough fine. I like the above comment, let the bears have at 'em.
 

. (0)
Friday December 25, 2009, 7:21 am
i didn't know people did this! every day more bad things happen in the world. i hope we all are trying just to be good people. and i'm glad they got caught for hurting the bears. although i hope they don't do it again later..... =/
 

Chris K. (1231)
Friday December 25, 2009, 8:12 am
good that he was caught - should have had a stiffer sentence!!
 

Sylvia W. (46)
Friday December 25, 2009, 10:01 am
Good! I wish the penalties were stiffer and thus more of a preventative, but with laws protecting people not doing much good in this country I guess we have to be grateful, on the animals behalf, that anything is being done. Noted
 

Charley H. (0)
Friday December 25, 2009, 11:21 am
at least something is being done.
 

Teresa W. (707)
Friday December 25, 2009, 12:26 pm
Poor bears!
 

Chris B. (4)
Friday December 25, 2009, 2:21 pm
News Flash! Scientists in China have just revealed that consuming the dried penis of an animal trafficker acts as a powerful aphrodisiac. Apparently such people possess a gene that not only compels them to act with complete lack of compassion, but is also linked to the production of hormones that promote massive blood flow to the sexual organs. Spread the word!!!
 

Aneliese K. (58)
Friday December 25, 2009, 2:47 pm
Thank you Cher.
 

Caralien S. (18)
Friday December 25, 2009, 6:06 pm
pathetic fines--$3000? $1000?

gah!
 

David B. (34)
Friday December 25, 2009, 11:45 pm
thesad pat is ha relly inesdonothing to deterr te trafficing
 

Lori M. (2)
Saturday December 26, 2009, 10:27 am
When will this poaching of animals ever end?! It sickens me!
 

Kanelle Charief (21)
Saturday December 26, 2009, 1:46 pm
C'est déjà une bonne avancée quant à l'incarcération de ces "criminels " mais la peine est vraiment très légère ainsi que l'amende. J'ai bien peur que le marché aux organes soit plus onéreux que cette condamnation et que par conséquent ces individus recommenceront. J'espère sincèrement me tromper.
 
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