Home · Weather · Forum · Learning Chinese · Jobs · Shopping
Search This Site
China | International | Business | Government | Environment | Olympics/Sports | Travel/Living in China | Culture/Entertainment | Books & Magazines | Health
Home / Environment / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Online wild animal trade targeted
Adjust font size:

Chinese animal protection authorities have joined with international organizations to target on-line trade involving wild animals, government sources said on Wednesday.

Meng Xianlin, deputy director of the Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office, which is associated with the State Forestry Administration (SFA), said the office has acted upon reports from international organs and launched a campaign against illegal wild animal trade via the Internet.

Between February and December last year, staff of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) discovered 1,973 incidents of wild animal and product trade online. This included more than 30 kinds of endangered animals listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The items ranged from wild tiger bone wine, tiger whiskers, rhino horns to live slow lorises, a furry primate mostly found in southeast Asia.

Acting upon the reports, the office cooperated with public security and forestry departments in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, where most of the trades information was uncovered, in efforts against the trade. More than 80 percent of the information was deleted, while several websites were closed and further investigations were continuing, according to an IFAW statement.

Meng said details of the campaign have been forwarded to the CITES secretariat, along with suggestions to mobilize all countries to collaborate in cracking down on the online trade. "The Chinese government will continue to work with international organs and share their experience in animal protection," he added.

According to the website of the forestry department in the eastern Zhejiang Province, a seminar was convened in January at the provincial capital Hangzhou. It was attended by officials from the SFA, the Ministry of Public Security and delegates from Taobao, Tencent, Ebay, Alibaba, some of the top on-line auction sites.

"It's encouraging that the websites have professed their willingness to increase their monitoring. But we still face great challenges as trade via the Internet is more difficult to supervise and at the same time, easier to reach potential buyers," said the IFAW's Grace Gabriel.

When entering "tiger bone" on Ebay on Wednesday several search results appeared offering wines made from the skeletal remains. A bottle of such wine, which the seller claims was made from a Siberian tiger found dead in 1992 on the Wusuli river in northeast China, was on offer at 238 yuan (about US$33).

"We need the public to report the violations and to increase law enforcement and supervision," Gabriel said.

(Xinhua News Agency February 14, 2008)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read

Username   Password   Anonymous
China Archives
Related >>
- China sees 10,818 wildlife criminal cases in 10 months
- Police Seize 100 Furs of Endangered Animals
- Wild Animal Trade Still Alive and Well
- Tiger Park Calls for Legalization of Tiger Trade
- Siberian Tiger Population Added
Most Viewed >>
-Snowy weather damages 18.6-mln-hectare forest
-Plants and Animals in China
-China urges substantive talks on Bali roadmap
-Provinces sign up to Games clean air pledge
-White paper on energy
Air Quality 
Cities Major Pollutant Air Quality Level
Beijing particulate matter II
Shanghai sulfur dioxide II
Guangzhou particulate matter I
Chongqing particulate matter II
Xi'an particulate matter II
Most Read
-Snowy weather damages 18.6-mln-hectare forest
-Plants and Animals in China
-China urges substantive talks on Bali roadmap
-Provinces sign up to Games clean air pledge
-White paper on energy
NGO Events Calendar Tips
- Hand in hand to protect endangered animals and plants
- Changchun, Mini-marathon Aimed at Protecting Siberian Tiger
- Water Walk by Nature University
- Green Earth Documentary Salon
- Prof. Maria E. Fernandez to Give a Lecture on Climate Change
UN meets on climate change
The UN Climate Change Conference brought together representatives of over 180 countries and observers from various organizations.
Panda Facts
A record 28 panda cubs born via artificial insemination have survived in 2006.
South China Karst
Rich and unique karst landforms located in south China display exceptional natural beauty.
Saving the Tibetan Antelopes
The rare animals survive in the harsh natural environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Laws & Regulations
- Forestry Law of the People's Republic of China
- Meteorology Law of the People's Republic of China
- Fire Control Law of the People's Republic of China
- Law on Protecting Against and Mitigating Earthquake Disasters
- Law of the People's Republic of China on Conserving Energy
State Environmental Protection Administration
Ministry of Water Resources
Ministry of Land and Resources
China Environmental Industry Network
Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base
SiteMap | About Us | RSS | Newsletter | Feedback

Copyright © All Rights Reserved E-mail: Tel: 86-10-88828000 京ICP证 040089号