The Chinese government has officially imposed a permanent ban on the selling and consumption of illegal wildlife amid the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The announcement of the permanent ban was made by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Monday, according to Shanghaiist. It said that the hunting, trading and transportation of terrestrial wild animals that naturally grow and breed in the wild for the sole purpose of consumption is now “completely prohibited.”
A short-fin male pilot whale that Thai authorities found in the Na Thap Canal in Thailand near the border with Malaysia early last week had died from eating more than 80 plastic bags and other packaging.
The poor animal was found by the authorities on May 28, Monday, in the canal. A group who rescued the whale tried to save it from dying, as can be seen in the photos that posted on Thai Facebook on Thursday.
A Chinese woman who brought home a cute “puppy” two years ago, eventually realized that the pet she was raising was actually an endangered black bear.
A woman, identified only by her surname Su, was out of town vacation when she found a young animal on the roadside which she thought was a Tibetan Mastiff puppy, according to China News via MailOnline.
Shark fin soup, a popular Chinese delicacy, is now illegal in Nevada after the passing of a new law that prohibits the sale of shark fins, among parts and products of certain animal species.
Senate Bill No. 194, effective on January 1, forbids the trade of body parts and by-products derived from a shark fin, a lion of the species Panthera leo and any species of elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, pangolin, sea turtle, ray, mammoth, narwhal, walrus or hippopotamus.
Researchers in Java, Indonesia, were thrilled to announce the first ever captured footage of the elusive and almost extinct species Javan warty pig, also known and referred to as the “World’s Ugliest Pig.”
The species, which was previously thought to have become extinct, was caught on the wild with the camera traps set up by the researchers for the study designed by Dr. Johanna Rode-Margono, a South East Asia field program coordinator at the U.K.’s Chester Zoo, alongside Indonesian researcher and Project Manager, Shafia Zahra, according to Fox News.
Nearly 17 months after her mother died by the fangs of a Siberian tiger, a woman filed a petition demanding compensation from the safari park where the incident took place.
The woman, surnamed Zhao, is seeking 1.49 million yuan ($226,500) from Badaling Wildlife Park in Beijing for failing to rescue her mother in the unfortunate event on July 23, 2016.
As rapid urbanization continues to swallow the vast forests in India, wild animals are further robbed of their habitat and subsequently pushed to unfamiliar, unsafe environments.
These endangered animals sometimes end up in areas with human population, and when they do, things don’t usually fare well for both the animals and the humans.
A mother and calf pair of highly endangered Chinese white dolphins were recently found dead, washed up on the shores of Hong Kong’s Lamma Island.
The carcasses of the animals, also called “pink dolphins”, were reportedly discovered by a fisherman surnamed Pak last week at Kat Tsai Wan, off the west coast of the island.
A white tiger in China was captured on video tearing a car bumper off like it’s everyday business, leaving the passengers in shock.
The encounter was filmed by people inside the car who, for some reason, chose to stay as the tiger approached.