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Iran bans frog hunt

Iran bans frog hunt
TEHRAN - Iran has banned frog hunting after hundreds of locals in the north of the country rushed to trap the slippery amphibians spurred on by dealers from Turkey offering cash rewards, the Abrar daily said yesterday.
It said people in the northern town of Parsabad rushed to the nearby Araxes river on the border with Azerbaijan to track down the creatures after \"frogs wanted\" posters appeared around the town. Turkish dealers paid up to 7,000 rials ($0.88) per kg for the frogs, froze them and then shipped them to Europe where in France their legs are a traditional delicacy. Abrar said officials had banned the hunt to stop the Turkish dealers from profiteering. REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
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