Apr 25 2014
|more articles from|
China to outlaw eating of protected animal species
BEIJING, April 25 (Reuters) - China will jail people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment.
China lists 420 species as rare or endangered, including the panda, golden monkeys, Asian black bears and pangolins, some or all of which are threatened by illegal hunting, environmental destruction and the consumption of animal parts, including for supposedly medicinal reasons.
Consumption of rare animals has risen as the country has become richer, with some people believing spending thousands of yuan on eating them gives a certain social cache.
The new interpretation "clears up ambiguities about buyers of prey of illegal hunting", the report added.
"In fact, buyers are a major motivator of large-scale illegal hunting," Lang said.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Stephen Coates)
((firstname.lastname@example.org)(+86 10 6627 1201)(Reuters Messaging: email@example.com))
Keywords: CHINA WILDLIFE/
© Copyright Zawya. All Rights Reserved.
- UPDATE 2-Solar-powered plane lands in Arizona on round-the-world flight
- UPDATE 1-Solar-powered plane departs California on round-the-world flight
- UPDATE 2-Obama torches Trump at his final Washington correspondents' dinner
- Ruling expected on April 20 in Lebanon child kidnapping case
- Not funny: Google removes April Fools' Day prank email feature
- There's More