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Beijing bans the hunting and trading of 420 animal species at risk of extinction
After years of requests from the international community Beijing recognizes this practice as a "global threat". It involves pandas, rhinos, pangolins and sharks: used in traditional medicine or considered "treats" these animals are in danger of disappearing. The penalties for violating the new law range from 3 to 10 years in prison.
China, terrified by New Year fireworks a tiger leaps from eleventh floor of a building
The animal, a rare and endangered "Manchu", was held with his sister on the roof of the building owned by an Shandong industrialist. He defends himself by saying that he had "adopted" the two specimens from a zoo, but had no authorization.
29/07/2016 16:42:00 NEPAL
World Tiger Day: Nepal wants to save big cats from Chinese market
The species is still endangered even though its numbers are up. Poaching to meet demand from China remains the main threat. In Chinese culture, tiger meat has magical powers, and tiger parts go into local pharmacopeia and religious items.
Beijing to suspend ‘panda diplomacy’
For decades mainland China donated giant pandas to foreign governments as a goodwill gesture. Now it has decided to stop because of the species’ endangered status. It will however continue to “lend” them for scientific research and to zoos. For years it has tried to give one to Taiwan, which keeps on rebuffing the mainland’s offer.
17/07/2008 CHINA - SOUTH AFRICA
Animal rights activists on war footing against ivory market in China
The organisation that deals with trade in endangered species has approved exchange between China and South Africa, allowing the Asian country to import 51 tonnes. In Kenya, three Chinese are arrested under the accusation of "illegal trafficking" of ivory.
Record ivory seizure in Bangkok, destined for China
Some 239 tusks worth US$ 3.6 million were seized. The African ivory was destined for Laos, but authorities believe it was meant for China’s black market. China is a major world market for ivory.
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