Stronger penalty to protect endangered species
If a person buys rare or endangered wild animals to eat or for other illegal purposes and is aware of the animal’s protected status, they will face criminal punishment under a draft judicial interpretation being reviewed this week by China’s top legislature.
It’s the first time concrete rules have been proposed to prohibit the eating of endangered wildlife. In some parts of China, eating wildlife is a centuries-old tradition.
The Chinese government has put 420 animal species, including the panda and the armadillo-resembling pangolin, on a national protection list, making it illegal to hunt, slaughter or sell animals on the list.
Many of China’s wildlife species, including some kinds of turtles and deer, are on the verge of extinction due to the eating of wild animals, said Fan Zhiyong, director of the Species Program of the World Wildlife Fund’s Beijing Office.
Part of an ebony tree, which had been buried for about 4,000 years, is unearthed, in Wuning, a county in Jiangxi province. Four sections were found, with the longest measuring about 10 meters. They will be preserved and exhibited at Wuning Museum.