China bans import, export of endangered species
Updated: 2006-05-19 10:07
China has banned the import and export of endangered species of wild fauna
The regulation, effective from September 1, is a move by the
Chinese government to regulate the trade, protect wild fauna and flora, and
comply with the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora.
According to the regulation, the import and export of
endangered wild animals and plants and their related products for commercial
purposes is banned. For special purposes such as scientific research, artificial
naturalization and propagation and cultural exchange, the import and export of
endangered wildlife must be approved by departments under the state council in
charge of the management of wild fauna and flora.
The regulation also
forbids exports of unnamed and newly discovered wild animals and plants of great
value and their related products.
The Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international agreement. Its
aim is precisely to ensure that international trade does not menace the survival
of wild animals and plants.
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