Canadian Bear Parts Traders Jailed

Two brothers have been jailed and fined for illegal trafficking, possession and transportation of bear parts in Canada. Both men were fined $7,000 and will serve 31 days in jail. "These tough penalties send a clear message that illegal trafficking in wildlife parts will not be tolerated in British Columbia," said Environment, Lands and Parks Minister Joan Sawicki. Both men were apprehended when they delivered 10 bear gall bladders to undercover officers posing as customers. The value of the bear parts seized was estimated at $13,000 on the illegal market. This is reportedly the first time anyone has been convicted and imprisoned in Canada for the interprovincial transportation of bear parts under the federal act as the result of an undercover investigation.

— Information from British Columbia, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks News Release, May 31, 2000

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