7 fined for chas­ing pro­tected an­te­lope

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Seven peo­ple were fined a to­tal of 105,000 yuan ($15,830; 13,420 eu­ros; £12,000) for chas­ing Ti­betan an­te­lope on a na­ture re­serve in the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion, the lo­cal forestry depart­ment said on Oct 8. On Oct 4, a group of seven tourists in two SUVs drove off a pub­lic road and into the Sil­ing Co Na­ture Re­serve in Nagchu pre­fec­ture, said Deng Zhonghua of Lhasa’s pub­lic se­cu­rity bu­reau. The re­serve, cover­ing 18,936 square kilo­me­ters in­clud­ing Ser­lingtso Lake, is the world’s largest habi­tat for black-necked cranes. The re­serve is also home to about 30,000 Ti­betan an­te­lope, a first-class State-pro­tected species. The po­lice tracked down the group in the ve­hi­cles on Oct 6, then handed the case over to the lo­cal forestry depart­ment. Each per­son was fined 10,000 yuan for break­ing the Wild An­i­mal Con­ser­va­tion Law and 5,000 yuan for break­ing na­ture re­serve reg­u­la­tions. The per­son in charge of the area was dis­qual­i­fied from the an­nual ex­cel­lence as­sess­ment and will not re­ceive an al­lowance for three months.

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