Animal rights organisation criticises ‘savage’ use of female body part as ‘talisman’, and other ‘cures’.
They’re on sale at Krasnoyarsk airport, and in a number of online stores, described by one critic as ‘the grossest souvenir imaginable’.
The ‘she-wolf vagina’ sells in one outler for 6,950 roubles (around $110) along with the following explanation: ‘Among many indigenous peoples it is a powerful family talisman that protects against cheating.
‘The vagina is the talisman against infertility and helps to cope with diseases. It gives wisdom to women, and to men it gives power and authority.’
In online shop Altai Strong, this she-wolf sex organ – intended to be hidden in the owners clothing – is offered for sale alongside other animal body parts such as the claws and fangs of bears and wolves.
Here the price is less, 5,500 roubles ($86). It is described as a talisman for women to help conceive and bear a child, and to return a cheating husband to his family. Young men ‘can use it to be successful with girls’.
Offered by an online shop in Irkutsk, it is portrayed as the ideal present for couples getting married. ‘The talisman can be a wedding gift,’ it is claimed by 38yoga.ru
The gift shows ‘you wish happiness to a young couple, and wish the bride health and that she gives birth to healthy children’. There is also a warning: ‘Beware of fakes. The she-wolf vagina is a quite rare and expensive talisman.
‘It should be taken from she-wolf, not from a dog, by a professional hunter. Only then does it work.’ Here the cost is lower still, 5,000 roubles ($78).
One woman called Inessa who saw the body part on sale at Krasnoyark airport told local newspaper Prospekt Mira: ‘Is anyone buying this? My friends were also surprised. Most of them were also shocked at the price for such a savagery.’
Krasnoyarsk animal rights activist Anastasia Fishova said: ‘Hunting is savagery, something from the times of cave people, but especially savage is making and selling the souvenirs and talismans from animal body parts. People should intervene with wildlife only to save endangered species.’
Yet this is not the only controversial product currently offered on sale.
Online shops also offer a ‘tincture of red deer penises’, a ‘traditional medicine’ seen ‘as a powerful natural aphrodisiac for men and women, as well as one of the most effective ways to treat impotence and infertility’.
A ‘tincture of red deer veins’ is claimed to overcome problems with ‘joints, cartilage and bones’.
Available too are the ‘musk glands of Siberian musk deer’ which is claimed by traditional medicine advocates to cure impotency and combating brain diseases, leukaemia and tumours. Siberian musk deer fangs are seen as a talisman protecting children.
On offer, too, are dried bear’s gall bladder which is used the same way as dry bear’s bile. This natural product of animal origin is believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect, curing liver and gastrointestinal problems, while also improving vision.