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Stop shooting bears while they are sleeping, Russia says

The cruel practice of hunting sleeping bears as they hibernate was banned in Russia, but there are doubts as to whether it will make a difference to the thousands of cubs orphaned by the hunts each year.

Despite being a national emblem, many bear cubs end up in sanctuaries or, far worse, in circuses or the hands of street photographers, because of the so-called winter den hunt, a practice that involves sleeping bears being woken from hibernation by hunters.

Amateur footage taken by hunters shows bears emerging dazed and confused from their dens before being shot at point-blank range.

Inside the dens, cubs are often left behind, unable to survive the Russian winter alone.

What was once a necessity is now a leisure activity for Russia's new rich, with companies charging more than $8,100 to kill a bear.  One online video boasts the added attraction of killing a bear from a tank.

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