South Koreans demonstrate for bear protection
May 10, 1997
Web posted at: 2:37 p.m. EDT (1837 GMT)
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- In a rally held in central Seoul
on Friday, members of various environmental groups staged a
graphic reenactment of a bear hunt to show why the South
Korean government should do more to protect the animals.
All Asian bears are endangered, and poachers have ample
incentive to go after the few that remain, since a single
gall bladder can fetch thousands of dollars on the South
Korean market. Bear gall bladders and bile are used in
traditional Asian medicines and their paws are prized as an
Four groups, including the Korean Federation for
Environmental Movement and the Humane Society International,
participated in the rally Saturday. American wildlife and
conservation groups in February said the United States should
sanction South Korea on the grounds that the country is
violating international treaties against trading in bear
Reuters contributed to this report.
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