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China arrests two Mongolians for smuggling snow leopard skins

Alxa league (red) in Inner Mongolia (orange) and China. Mongolians arrested for smuggling snow leopard skins. Map from Wikipedia.

Good to see Chinese authorities clamping down on the illegal snow leopard parts trade.

A news story this week reports Chinese police arrested two Mongolian citizens after finding two snow leopard skins and a snow leopard skull hidden inside their jeep at a border checkpoint, state media said Tuesday.Police in the remote Alxa League of north China’s Inner Mongolia region spent 10 hours searching the vehicle that had more than 40 hidden compartments, the official Xinhua news agency reported.The smuggled skins and skull had an estimated value of more than 200,000 yuan (29,000 dollars) on the black market, the agency quoted Zhao Jun, an anti-smuggling officer from the regional capital, as saying.

Experts say snow leopard skins from Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan are often smuggled across the borders to be sold in China or abroad.

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  • mireya May 4, 2010, 8:58 am

    I feel bad for those snow leopards. I’m glad that they arrested the people. Do you mind if I do somthing like that for my next post? I wish people would leave the snow leopards alone. Did you know that snow leopard is my favorite stuffed animal?

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