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Saturday
Mar282009

South Korean charged with illegally importing bear bile to US

A South Korean lady has been arrested by federal authorities in Los Angeles for allegedly importing more than 2 pounds of bear bile reports the LA Times

Woman staying in Los Angeles accused in bear bile importation
Los Angles Times
28 March 2009


A South Korean woman staying in Los Angeles was charged by federal authorities Friday with illegally importing more than two pounds of bear bile, used for medicinal purposes and as an aphrodisiac in some Asian communities.

Seongja Hyun, 36, was arrested Thursday night by agents investigating a package of green crystallized bear bile from China. Because bears are protected under an international treaty and the Endangered Species Act, bear products can be imported only with government-issued export or import permits.

More at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bearbile28-2009mar28,0,4159790.story

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