Wild things: crackdown on China’s animal eaters fails to bite

File photo of a vendor sleeping next to giant tortoises she sells for eating in a market in GuangzhouPorcupines in cages, endangered tortoises in buckets and snakes in cloth bags — rare wildlife is on open sale at a Chinese market, despite courts being ordered to jail those who eat endangered species. The diners of southern China have long had a reputation for exotic tastes, with locals sometimes boasting they will "eat anything with four legs except a table". China in April raised the maximum sentence for anyone caught selling or consuming endangered species to 10 years in prison, but lax enforcement is still evident in the province of Guangdong.

July 7, 2014 10:01 am

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