DEC allows export of protected wildlife to China
From a Special Correspondent
We seem to be selling pretty much everything else to China, our timber, our minerals, our futures - so why not our protected and endangered animals as well?
The approved export list includes Raggiana Birds of Paradise (our National animal), the endangered Tenkile Tree Kangaroo and the Leatherback Turtle. In total 134 examples of these and 11 other species are currently being collected around the country and stored at the 6 Mile ‘Zoo’ before they are shipped off to Beijing.
The species being exported are on the CITES list – so hunting them and there trade is illegal, both locally and internationally. But DEC and the Chinese aim to circumvent these laws by using the zoo-to-zoo loophole in the CITES legislation.
Good that DEC are up to their usual standards. Keep it up boys!