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Pollution, Piranha Plague Southern Chinese Rivers

China Daily reported on Tuesday that, according to government figures, nearly ten billion tons of industrial wastewater and domestic sewage were poured directly into Guangdong’s rivers last year: More than 9.5 billion tons...

Seal Meat Deal “Racist”

A new agreement for China to import seal meat from Canada has come under fire as betraying a “racist and cultural imperialistic attitude”. Supporters, however, hope that it might help sustain Inuit communities whose...

China Seizes Van with 173 Bear Paws, Python Skin

Chinese authorities stopped a van on the China-Vietnam border and discovered it contained  bear paws, a python skin, and a pangolin:   The bear paws — also used in some traditional medicines — weighed 844 pounds (383...

South China’s Taste for Wildlife – Walter Parham

China is not considered an animal-friendly country. One key reason is that people in South China has the custom of wildlife consumption. Chinadialogue features Walter Parham’s report “on the habit that locals just cannot kick – even after the SARS crisis.” The destruction of south China’s wildlife habitats started about 1,000 years ago, and still […]

China ‘Gets the Message’ on Controversial Tiger Farms: NGO – AFP

At a CITIES conference, China proposed to re-legalize domestic trade of tiger parts from artificially-bred tigers. Conservationists fear that this would increase demand and encourage poaching. A decision will be made at the conference on Wednesday. From The Nation: Pressed by conservationists to shut down breeding farms housing some 5,000 tigers, China hinted Tuesday it […]

China seizes bear paws, dead pangolins – Reuters

From MSNBC (link): Chinese police have seized hundreds of bear paws and dead pangolins that smugglers had injected with tranquilizers, the official Yunnan Daily newspaper said on Thursday. Police in the southwestern province of Yunnan announced on Sunday that 20 members of a ring smuggling endangered animals had been arrested, the Web site of the […]

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