Adopted at the Fourth Meeting of the Standing Committee of the
Seventh National People's Congress and promulgated by Order No. 9
of the President of the People's Republic of China on November 8,
1988, and effective as of March 1, 1989
Chapter I General Provisions
Article 1 This Law is formulated for the purpose of protecting
and saving the species of wildlife which are rare or near
extinction, protecting, developing and rationally utilizing
wildlife resources and maintaining ecological balances.
Article 2 All activities within the territory of the People's
Republic of China concerning the protection, domestication,
breeding, development and utilization of species of wildlife must
be conducted in conformity with this Law.
The wildlife protected under this Law refers to the species of
terrestrial and aquatic wildlife which are rare or near extinction
and the species of terrestrial wildlife which are beneficial or of
important economic or scientific value.
The wildlife referred to in the provisions of this Law means the
wildlife which shall enjoy protection as prescribed in the
As regards the protection of the species of aquatic wildlife
other than those which are rare or near extinction, the provisions
of the Fisheries Law shall apply...