Chinese poachers of poisoning rivers in quest for delicacies
By Anatoly Medetsky, Associated Press
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, June
24, 2003: Two Chinese poachers pour herbicides into a shallow
Russian river, and minutes later dozens of dead frogs come belly up.
One of the poachers, clad in a khaki jacket and high rubber boots,
wades into the water and stuffs the limp bodies into a plastic bag.
Russian border guards videotaped the scene last year as evidence
of a practice Chinese poachers began using widely last year —
allegedly poisoning about 10 Russian rivers near the border with
China. Officers then detained the pair and handed them over to China.