» 04/25/2014, 00.00
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.
Beijing ( AsiaNews) - Eating or
hunting rare animals for food is now a criminal offense in China. The
government has approved an amendment to the Criminal Code which sets 3 to 10
years in prison for those who "knowingly eat or trade ", the meat of
the 420 species currently at risk across the Chinese territory. They
include the giant pandas, golden monkeys, Asian black bears and pangolins. Shark
fins and rhino horns, key elements in traditional Chinese medicine have also
decision was made this morning by the Standing Committee of the National
People's Congress, which represents the national parliament. After
years of requests from the international community, the Standing Committee defined the hunting of endangered species
a "global threat". In
addition, the Commission has "blamed" wealthy Asian consumers who,
thanks to a high volume of cash, foment trade in rare animals for personal
Asian tradition, some breeds are associated with well-being and vigor. Giant
turtle soup ensures a long life, bear's paw helps sexuality, and powdered rhino
horn is used to heal fever, epilepsy, malaria, poisoning and abscesses. Given
these beliefs, the hunting and trading of these animals are very popular
activities: announcing the reform today, state news agency Xinhua claims that
"up to now those involved in these practices went unpunished".
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