Five people were arrested on Tuesday for engaging in the illegal
trade and transport of endangered wild animals in northwest China's
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
The security bureau in Lingwu city on Monday announced they had
seized a van carrying 132 wild animals, including owls and steppe
eagles, on January 22. They detained four people.
The bureau seized another suspect called Ma on February 13 in
Xiji county. He has allegedly conducted an illegal trade in wild
animals for a long time.
Ten of the animals found in the van died in captivity. The
surviving 122 were later released back to the wilderness.
Further investigation is still under way.
(CRI February 27, 2007)