Probe launched into il­le­gal ea­gle trade

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BEIJING: Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the il­le­gal sales of ea­gles through live we­b­cast plat­forms, Beijing Youth Daily re­ported.

A Weibo user posted 18 mi­croblogs on Satur­day, show­ing video clips in which un­named ea­gle sellers are live-stream­ing the ea­gles they caught or raised. The sellers are said to be from An­hui, Shan­dong, He­bei and Hu­nan prov­inces.

One of the mi­croblogs claimed that a seller from Chang­sha of Hu­nan prov­ince has an alarm­ing num­ber of rap­tors at hand, and has been in­volved in the il­le­gal business for a long time. Sev­eral live-stream­ing videos run sub­ti­tles claim­ing the ea­gles are for sale, Beijing Youth Daily re­ported.

The of­fi­cial Weibo ac­count of Hu­nan pro­vin­cial pub­lic se­cu­rity depart­ment said that it has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and will pub­lish re­sults in time. The whis­tle-blower said the videos he pub­lished on­line pushed po­lice to start in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sus­pected seller of rap­tors. — China Daily / Asia News Net­work

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