China Bans Consumption Of Endangered Animals
They have prohibited the consumption of 420 endangered animals – a lot of which were used in traditional medicines, used as status symbols or eaten as a source of nutrition.
This really is big news! Until recently they could consume as many pandas, monkeys, tigers, rhinos etc. as they pleased. Not only are these animals beautiful but they also play a crucial role in our earthly kingdom.
Sadly, many of these animals now protected by this new law are already extinct or close to it at this point. However, this is still an amazing piece of information.
Imagine giving up traditions that have been practiced for hundreds if not thousands of years.
It warms my heart to know that, China as it stands, at least with the protection of these 420 species, is becoming more in touch with the conservation of our world. Or so it seems.
There are still major concerns though. The new legislation passed translates roughly to ‘knowingly buying endangered animals or other species prey to illegal hunting is subject to a prison sentence of up to ten years.’ That sounds like it may have more than a few loopholes.
For example, it is still legal to breed these species in captivity. So who has the final say over how someone obtained a rhino’s horn? Which, when consumed, is said to enhance male virility and be an aphrodisiac according to traditional medicine.
Who would have to prove that the person with the horn had gotten so by the means of hunting? They could still obtain such items if the animal died of natural causes, but who can prove that?
Will they have specialized farms dedicated to raising these animals in captivity until they die of ‘natural causes’ and the animal is sold off in parts for the wealthy with proof of origin and death certificate?
Alternatively, what’s to stop the buyer from pleading ignorance and saying they did not knowingly purchase one of these animals on the list of prohibited species?
Unfortunately, we know that demand in China remains high for these now illicitly butchered creatures, as tradition still stands strong among many of its inhabitants.
I suppose only time will tell when the numbers are released of how many people they are arresting over consumption. Maybe there will be an outright ban one day that won’t have wiggle room for the rich or those unconcerned about these lovely animals.
China has made it trickier for people seeking these animals and the products made from them in a legitimate fashion. A big step, but a long way to go!