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[Photos] Fujian Fishermen Catch Endangered 2 Ton Whale Shark

Posted: 08/22/2014 11:41 am

endangered whale shark fujian Fishermen in Fujian made a big catch this week, but they had no idea how big until later: it is a two ton whale shark, which is on the official endangered species list.

CCTV had this to say about the controversial catch:endangered whale shark cctv

Mistakenly caught dead endangered species; on no terms are you to do this on you own. You will be sentenced to prison!
Today, Fujian fishermen caught and landed a two-ton whale shark. At the time the whale shark was caught, it was already dead. Whale sharks are a species protected in the Xiamen Ocean Valuable Animal Sanctuary. Police authorities say, whale sharks are classified as category two national endangered species. When the fishermen caught this animal, they suspected it to be an endangered species and reported it to police. No matter dead or alive, profiting or use of this animal by private individuals is expressly forbidden, otherwise violators may be punished by up to five years in prison. (CCTV reporter Shi Jinbin)

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As the use of an endangered species in China is illegal, we can only assume that the meat of this whale shark is being kept fresh with ice for some other reason other than consumption. After all, no one is interested in a fish that was dead when it was captured, right?

It’s unclear what the law says if people catch an endangered animal that is already dead, but if it was still alive at the time of capture these fishermen would be going to jail.

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Photos: CCTV


Shark Fin Washed In Hydrogen Peroxide Sold To Unwitting Consumers

Posted: 07/15/2014 1:28 pm

shark finWhile there is a growing social stigma attached to consuming shark fin in China, it is by no means banned. Animal rights activists like Yao Ming have had some measure of success persuading diners to pass on the expensive dish, but there may be a easier way to discourage consumption: to expose the health risks of eating improperly prepared shark fin.

A recent raid by the South China Sea Customs Police found a shark fin processing ring that has been noted for its use of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is dangerous and can act as a carcinogen when consumed.

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The fins were first purchased in bulk, and their dark skin removed. As a way to eliminate the smell, the fins were then immersed in industrial hydrogen peroxide. After drying in the sun, they were packaged without even being washed.

The South China Sea Food and Drug Inspection Bureau seized 384 kg of shark fin on June 19 and made five arrests related to the ring, reports Southcn.

Hydrogen peroxide is mainly used as a bleaching agent for paper, pulp and textiles, but has served as a host of other uses including medicinal, as a rocket propellant, and as an explosive.

High concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, such as more than 40%, are considered hazardous according to US regulations and can lead to cancer.

Photo: Southcn, asia society


Zhuhai Customs Seize Four Tons of Endangered Pangolins

Posted: 05/14/2014 1:39 pm

smuggled pangolin endangered species illegalCustom agents in Zhuhai, Guangdong made a seizure of approximately four tons of smuggled pangolin on May 12, reports the Yangcheng Evening Report.

Acting on a tip, police stopped a truck on the pronvicial highway near Guangchang and seized 956 frozen pangolin carcasses, each individually bubble wrapped and housed in 189 cases.

pangolinThe pangolin, also known as the scaly anteater, is classified as a type-2 endangered animal in China, and no trade in pangolin species is permitted under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Dan Challender, an expert in the species at the University of Kent in Britain, states there is a belief pangolin consumption will stimulate lactation for breast-feeding mothers, or serve to help patients recover from asthma or cancer.

“The overarching narrative for pangolin trade is that the Chinese population of pangolins has suffered dramatic declines over the last 20 years at least,” Challender said. “But at the same time an even more contemporary trend is that source has shifted west. There’s now trade coming from India, Nepal and Pakistan.”

Pangolins are reported to command a price of RMB 100 in Southeast Asia, after which will rise three to five times by the time it reaches black markets in Guangdong.smuggled pangolin endangered species illegal

Photos: Yangcheng Evening Report, Cutest Paw

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