China arrests three for endangered animal trade

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BEIJING — Police in southern China have arrested three men for dealing in bear parts and other endangered animals, some possibly smuggled from Vietnam, the official Xinhua news agency said on June 26.

The smuggling ring is believed to killed over 40 bears for their parts with an estimated total value of $3.2 million.

POACHED: The carcass of a Malayan pangolin was included in the animal trafficking bust in China

Police in the Guangxi region busted the criminal gang earlier this month and seized “hundreds” of bear paws, bear meat and carcasses of other animals including pangolins and tortoises, it said.
The trafficking ring is believed to have slaughtered 43 bears for their parts, estimated to have a value of 20 million yuan ($3.2 million), Xinhua said.
In China, bear gall bladders are used in traditional medicine while bear paws are an expensive delicacy.
Xinhua said the seized animals were sourced in Guangxi’s Dongxing city on the border with Vietnam and sold across southern China.
Chinese authorities have previously seized snakes and turtles smuggled from Vietnam, it said.
Police in Nanning city, where the men were arrested, declined to comment on June 26.

China arrests three for endangered animal trade

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BEIJINGChinese police have busted a criminal gang involved in illegal trade of endangered animals, seizing hundreds of bear paws, bear meat and animal carcasses from their possession, local officials said.

Three men, all natives of the region, were arrested in a rented residence in the regional capital of Nanning this month after a three-month investigation, according to Nanning city police.

Authorities believe at least 43 black bears were slaughtered for the bear paws. The animals and their body parts are believed to be worth 20 million yuan ($3.15 million), Xinhua news agency reported.

Some of the carcasses, including those of pangolins and tortoises, were sealed in a refrigerator and disguised as tea, police said.

Police said the suspects ordered the endangered animals from the city of Dongxing, which borders Vietnam’s city of Mong Cai to the south, and sold them in southern Chinese cities, including Nanning, Guangzhou and Kunming.

It is not known whether the animals were smuggled across the border.

Officials have dealt with multiple animal smuggling cases on the China-Vietnam border over the last few years, seizing snakes, cobras and turtles.

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Animal rights groups seek performance ban

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Animal rights groups are calling for a ban on all animal performances in China, including live  shows, petting zoos and photo sessions.

However, their campaign – which also calls for a ban on dolphin shows – is said by some to have gone too far.

Animal performances and circus shows, especially in Beijing, have “seriously impaired the country’s and city’s image with brutality and savage behavior”, Liu Huili, an animal rights supporter and researcher with Green Beagle, a Beijing-based non-governmental organization, said at a symposium on Saturday.

Attendees at the symposium, including researchers and volunteers from Green Beagle, China Zoo Watch and the Beijing Loving Animals Foundation, proposed the performance ban, especially in the capital city.

China Zoo Watch conducted a study from January 2011 to the end of March, in which it sampled more than 40 zoos nationwide. It found that animal performances, which it claims often involve acts of cruelty, are common nationwide.

About 50 percent of urban zoos, 91 percent of animal parks and 89 percent of aquariums offer such performances, according to the survey.

Performances include animal wire walking, jumping through fire loops, standing upsidedown and boxing, which “might seriously impair the animals’ physical and psychological health”, Liu said.

“Exactly…the video below’s show animals who must have been physically & psychologically damaged to carry out these wretched stunts; is no animal safe from circus cruelty??

In Beijing, the wildlife park in Daxing district offers shows of dogs jumping through fireloops, and another wildlife park near the Badaling section of the Great Wall featureswolves and tigers jumping across fiery circles and bears playing with flaming sticks, the survey found.

Both parks declined to comment on the issue when reached by China Daily on Sunday.

Liu Nonglin, a senior engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens, said a zoo should be a demonstration site for animal protection.

Read the 2nd page here:-Peoples Daily online.com

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