Chinese police have seized more than 100 furs of rare wild
animals, including 27 snow leopards furs, in northwest China's Gansu Province, a spokesman with the local
police said on Monday.
Forestry police in Xining, capital of northwest China's Qinghai Province received word that illegal
transaction of snow leopards furs was going on in central Gansu
when they were investigating into another case relating to illegal
transportation of snow leopard samples, the spokesman said.
The police followed the new tip and found that a resident
surnamed Ma in Linxia of central Gansu had purchased furs of
protected animals in a very large quantity.
On July 28, police raided Ma's home and his rented apartment,
and seized 104 furs of rare wild animals, including bears, snow
leopards, clouded leopards and lynxes. They also found skeletons of
these endangered animals.
Ma confessed that he had been buying the furs and bones from
Qinghai and Tibet since last November and made a profit of 4,000
yuan (US$520) by selling two snow leopards furs.
The spokesman said this has been the largest number of snow
leopard furs that have been seized in history in China since 1949,
and Ma is under further investigation.
(Xinhua News Agency August 6, 2007)