We’ve always known that all those Chinese workers building roads, bridges and dams are also stealing from our natural treasure chests. So far we know that they are partly responsible of the upsurge in elephant and rhino poaching as they have provided a ready and accessible market for poachers.
Personally, I have not heard of any Chinese worker taken to court in China over these crimes… but it seems the Chinese government is slowly starting to do something about it as the article below shows. The question is, will China jail this thief for the 5 years prosecutors are asking for? In my opinion, he should probably get 20 to life. I would suggest he be skinned (to pay for pangolin scales) or have his teeth violently yanked out (for the ivory he smuggled), but that would be abuse of human rights. You go ahead and read the article…
Man faces 5 years’ jail for bringing in ivory
By Li Qian (Shanghai Daily)
09:28, March 08, 2012
A MAN who bought more than 10 kilograms of ivory and six scales of pangolins worth more than 220,000 yuan (US$34,826) during a trip to Angola may face more than five years in prison on charges of wildlife smuggling.
The construction company employer surnamed Tan argued he purchased African ivory, listed as a legal commodity in Angola, as gift for his friends rather than for resale, according to the trial at the Intermediate People’s court in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province.
“I thought the most serious punishment for me would be huge fines,” Tan admitted during Tuesday’s trial. However, prosecutors suggested the court give him a jail term of more than five years despite not intending to trade them in China, a local newspaper, City Express, reported yesterday… Read More.