Demand for North American bear parts fuels black market activity in Canada: expert

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Black market demand for bear parts like gallbladders and paws has led to of these animals in Saskatchewan and Canada, according to one man who’s dedicated to cracking down on .

“Imagine that you have somethingthat has gone extinct just about everywhere else in the world but there’s only one place that it’s left, and this thing is very much coveted for its medicinal properties,” said Sheldon Jordan, who heads up wildlife enforcement for Environment and Canada. “This is the story behind the .”

A Saskatchewan woman has been charged with seven counts of animals after allegedly selling bear parts on the black market. (CBC)

Bear trafficking has come onto the public radar after a 55-year-old Saskatchewan woman was charged with seven counts of trafficking bear parts.

Jordan said demand often comes from Asian communities — both expatriates in North America and those living in Asia — but is not limited to them alone.

Bears’ gallbladders are actually proven to have medicinal properties, as these create an acid helpful to the human immune system, he said.

“The fact that it can be synthesized chemically doesn’t matter. There are some people who really want the wild thing,” he said.

He said that, for this reason, all the provinces in Canada have either outlawed or highly limited bear gallbladder possession.

Hunters who bring down a bear must leave the gallbladder in the gut pile, but some may take it and sell it to a middleman for $50 or $100, where it can be eventually sold to a buying community for thousands of dollars, he said.

Bear paws are also in demand, often for use in soup, while the baculum — or penis bone — is also sought after for its perceived medicinal benefit, Jordan said.

A woman in Saskatchewan has been charged with trafficking bear parts on the black market. Sheldon Jordan, director general of wildlife enforcement for Environment and Climate Change Canada, breaks down the black market and explains the demand for Canada’s wild black bears.

Sheldon Jordan holds a confiscated rhinoceros horn in Environment Canada’s Ottawa-area evidence room. The director general of wildlife enforcement for Environment and Climate Change Canada says is a huge source of funds for organized crime. (CBC News)

Jordan said wildlife trafficking is the fourth largest illegal market in the world, worth roughly $205 billion.

Jordan’s federal agency deals with international trafficking, but he said his department works closely with provincial conservation officers that are checking permits and taking apart organized trafficking networks.

Both also rely on the role of the public in fighting trafficking, and call on people to report, even anonymously, when they see poaching, he said.

“It really, really does help us in law enforcement get a hand up on the who are taking our common wealth.”

This article was first published by CBC News on 22 August 2019.


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Karen Crawford

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Sara Polk

Petition?

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Petition?

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Lily Harper

Leave the bears ALONE

Lily Harper

Leave the bears ALONE

Lily Harper

Leave the bears ALONE

Maria Anna Mavromichalis

humans are such assholes leave these animals alone & sell your own parts!!!!!!!!!!!

Maria Anna Mavromichalis

humans are such assholes leave these animals alone & sell your own parts!!!!!!!!!!!

Maria Anna Mavromichalis

humans are such assholes leave these animals alone & sell your own parts!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Appallingly heartless, ignorant,and beyond comprehension.this is the 21st century and the troglodyte populace are still back in the Stone Age.

Sue Lesmond
Sue Lesmond

These disgusting animal abusing/murdering cretins most definitely need to e exterminated!

Diane
Diane

Isn’t it typical that an overpopulated country like China is willing to push wild animals to extinction for their body parts for so-called medicinal uses. No amount of rhino horn, elephant tusk, tiger bones or bear gall bladders will save them when the anti-biotic resistant bugs take hold – which they inevitably will – the sooner the better.

Joyce Dannheim

This is repulsive

Joyce Dannheim

This is repulsive

Joyce Dannheim

This is repulsive

Joyce Dannheim

This is repulsive