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A man in the southern city of Shenzhen, Wang Peng, was sentenced to five years in jail for selling two parrots he had bred and reared himself, reported the Southern Metropolis Daily.

By NewsChina Updated Aug.1

BIUCXA man in the southern city of Shenzhen, Wang Peng, was sentenced to five years in jail for selling two parrots he had bred and reared himself, reported the Southern Metropolis Daily. The parrots he sold, green-cheeked conures, are listed as endangered. The public was puzzled by such a sentence, since most people in China have no idea about which animals are on the endangered list, and Wang hadn’t threatened their lives, making this very different from the hunting of endangered birds. The existing laws don’t take these subtleties into account, analysts argued, and a better punishment would be fines or confiscation of property.
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