Richmond, B.C.: Alleged bear paw smuggler Zhen Kun Chen makes first court appearance

Alleged bear paw smuggler makes first court appearance
Richmond man was charged for attempt to smuggle bear paws through Vancouver airport
CBC News Posted: Aug 2, 2013 5:45 AM PT Last Updated: Aug 2, 2013 10:53 AM PT
Black bear paws are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine and also as a culinary delicacy. (The Canadian Press) Facebook

A Richmond, B.C. man makes his first court appearance today, facing charges under the Wildlife Act for attempting to smuggle bear paws through the Vancouver Airport.

Zhen Kun Chen was busted at an airport inspection station in August 2011 carrying three bear paws from two different black bears in his carry-on luggage.

“We know they were animals that were harvested in this province,” says Dave Cox, a B.C. conservation officer.

“The individual was en route to China, so it’s difficult to say exactly where he was headed with them.”

Bear paws are prized in China for their use in traditional medicine and also as a culinary delicacy that can fetch up $500 a plate.

Zhen could be sentenced with up to six months in jail and a $250,000 fine, or just the fine alone. He will appear in court again in September.

Toronto: Si “William” Cheng subjected son and wife to physical and emotional torture for decades before being killed with crossbow

Cheng was repeatedly charged, convicted, given minor sentences and intimidated his hostage family members to convince authorities that he “had changed,” court heard.


Wife, son suffered depraved abuse before crossbow killing at library 
Sam Pazzano ,Toronto Sun 
First posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 07:15 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 09:26 PM EDT
Si “William” Cheng was killed by his son with a crossbow inside a branch of the Toronto Public Library in December 2010. (Toronto Sun files)

TORONTO – Zhou “Peter” Fang and his mother Nora Fang suffered graphic abuse and degradation that is too obscene and depraved for any Hollywood script.

“William” Si Cheng tormented his son “Peter” Fang since he was a crying one-month-old baby until the 24-year-old killed him in a crowded Toronto public library in December 2010.

Shark fin: Toronto to ban animal cruelty in Chinese cuisine

Toronto councillors launch shark fin ban campaign
CBC News Posted: Jun 13, 2011 4:32 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 13, 2011 4:32 PM ET

Three Toronto city councillors want to ban the sale of shark fins in the city. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

Three Toronto city councillors have launched a campaign aimed at banning the sale and consumption of shark fins in city limits.

Councillors John Parker, Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam launched their campaign Monday, and they hope to gather 10,000 signatures in support of their cause.

De Baeremaeker will introduce a motion at council on Tuesday seeking the ban, which could be in place by next year.

“With our example, we will see this replicated across our nation,” De Baeremaeker said.

Wong-Tam, a Chinese-Canadian whose father was a chef, said her family stopped eating shark fin soup 10 years ago.

“It’s not ethical fishing and, basically, because we found this out, mom and dad, my sisters and I decided it no longer had taste,” she said.

Sri Lankan refugee Anjalo Abeywickrema gets four months for torturing dog

Man sentenced for mutilating dog
Last Updated: Friday, September 17, 2010 | 4:49 PM ET

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This young, male, black Lab mix named Tyson, had to be euthanized after he was found suffering from severe injuries to his genitals. (Windsor-Essex County Humane Society)

A Windsor, Ont., man has been sentenced for abusing his dog so badly the animal had to be put down.