Posted by: The ocean update | December 2, 2015

Walruses brutally slaughtered for “impotency cure” (Russia)

Some carcasses of the walruses were taken away by villagers and eaten, it is understood. Picture : Andrey Gynon

Some carcasses of the walruses were taken away by villagers and eaten, it is understood. Picture : Andrey Gynon

December 2nd, 2015. Carcasses of 19 beheaded mammals found on the coast of Beringia National Park – with their penile bones cut out.

The walruses were shot then beheaded, suggesting they were also killed for their tusks. The bulucums of the Pacific creatures had been extracted – penile bones which are used as an amulet to boost potency. Tusks can be used for carving. 

Park inspectors Andrey Gynon and Vyacheslav Semykin found the sickening sight during a patrol in Mechigmensky Bay.

Local police did not find any criminal action in the incident, it was reported. Nevertheless a criminal investigation was opened by prosecutors in Chukotka, the most easterly region of Russia.

A rookery of some 400 walruses is at Cape Gytrytkyn,  to the east of the site of the slaughter.

The value of the damage was put at 400,000 roubles, around $6,000.

Some carcasses of the walruses were taken away by villagers and eaten, it is understood.

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The walruses were shot then beheaded, suggesting they were also killed for their tusks. Pictures : Andrey Gynon

The walruses were shot then beheaded, suggesting they were also killed for their tusks. Pictures : Andrey Gynon

 

Park inspectors Andrey Gynon and Vyacheslav Semykin found the sickening sight during a patrol in Mechigmensky Bay. Picture : The Siberian Times

Park inspectors Andrey Gynon and Vyacheslav Semykin found the sickening sight during a patrol in Mechigmensky Bay. Picture : The Siberian Times

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