More than four months after the start of the outbreak of
, which is believed to have started in a popular city market
, Chinese authorities disclosed a scandalous case of trafficking in exotic animals. Although the crime occurred in 2018, the accused was recently convicted by a court in the province of
, south of Shanghai.
In the early morning of October 18, 2018, the Zhoushan City Police stopped a truck in whose box they were being transported.
107 frozen sea turtles
. Authorities arrested Shen Mou, the patent holder of the vehicle where the reptiles were transported. Another dealer, Liu Mou, had sold the man with the surname Shen four of the endangered animals, after having acquired them from a nearby port.
Frozen repitles occupy almost the entirety of a basketball court. Credit: Pear Video
The person who had sold the four turtles to Liu was identified as Jiang Moumou. Both Liu and Jiang were arrested for being part of the illegal trafficking chain. The value of the animals’ cargo is estimated at US $ 435,000.
Shen, Liu, and Jiang were charged with the crimes of illegal purchase, trafficking, and sale of endangered animals. The exemplary sentence fell on Shen:
was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison
plus the payment of a fine of US $ 21,000.
For his part, Jiang was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison and a fine of $ 5,600, and Liu received a sentence of one year and two months in prison plus the payment of $ 2,800 as a fine.
The case of the three traffickers, along with five other civil cases, were
disseminated on social networks by the Chinese authorities
as a way of raising awareness on “environmental protection and public health” issues.
Similarly, this week the authorities in Wuhan, the zero zone of the coronavirus outbreak,
banned the breeding and marketing of wild animals