Following a three-year investigation, Quebec wildlife life authorities state they have destroyed a mountain bear gallbladder-trafficking system, according to the reports from CBC.
The poaching ring supposedly worked in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Mauricie, Laval and Quebec’s North Shore.
In excess of 100 mountain bears were butchered more than three years, wildlife life authorities said.
The bears were purportedly executed for their gallbladders, which merit a little fortune on the Asian underground market for their alleged recuperating properties.
On Quebec’s underground market, a bear’s gallbladder can sell for up to $250. Abroad, that figure ascends to $10,000.
“Each person involved in the network gets a share, so the value increases because there are several stakeholders whose ultimate goal is to reach the Asian market,” said Jasmin Larouche, the head of wildlife protection in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.
The organ is exceedingly coveted for the bile it contains, a few people trusting it is viable in treating different diseases, just as being a love potion.
“It is recognized for several supposed medicinal properties,” said Sophie Massé, a biologist from the Wildlife Ministry.
“Its medicinal properties are not at all recognized by Western medicine.”
Selling bear gallbladders has been restricted since 1998 in Quebec, so as to maintain a strategic distance from the bears‘ slaughter.
About 160 wildlife life officials took an interest in the operation, which started in 2015. Around 60 people were met, and 16 searches occurred.
Those charged face an aggregate of 121 charges and could face fines signifying more than $325,000
This isn’t the first run through Quebecers have been associated with poaching the organ — in 2003, two Quebec men were accused of illicit belonging, transport, fare and dealing of gallbladders, as indicated by a report in the Globe and Mail at that time.