Stronger penalty to pro­tect en­dan­gered species

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.

HU GUOLIN / FOR CHINA DAILY

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.

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