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Case Analysis of Illegal Poaching on the Waterfowl under Highly Pathogenic Plague in China

Version 1 : Received: 15 March 2020 / Approved: 16 March 2020 / Online: 16 March 2020 (09:43:35 CET)

How to cite: MaMing, R. Case Analysis of Illegal Poaching on the Waterfowl under Highly Pathogenic Plague in China. Preprints 2020, 2020030260 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0260.v1). MaMing, R. Case Analysis of Illegal Poaching on the Waterfowl under Highly Pathogenic Plague in China. Preprints 2020, 2020030260 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0260.v1).

Abstract

China is one of the world’s most important countries for waterfowl because of the large amount of potential habitat and its position along major migratory routes. Waterfowl poaching in China is a serious threat, and for over twenty years colleagues and I have tracked waterfowl poaching in China including hunting methods, trade routes and prices involved. According to the latest survey of a NGO, 11.8% of Chinese people have participated in wildlife consumption, and about 32.0% of people have seen wildlife consumption (Not necessarily involved in killing and eating the wildlife). The survey results come from 100 000 internet questionnaires. The current report provides an update focusing on waterfowl poaching in Xinjiang Province of the northwest China, where is highly pathogenic area on the avian influenza, SARS and the Wuhan coronavirus pneumonia (such as COVID-19). The cases in 2011, 2012, and 2014 involved about 1816 to 2760 birds of more than 20 species, with an estimated total of 200 000 wild birds being hunted by a group per year in Xinjiang. Strangely, the poacher was not punished by any law. We know a few waterfowl species are protected as a list of Key Protected Species in China, and hopefully this report will draw attention to the scope of waterfowl poaching in China. China has made great progress with protecting other wildlife, and hopefully more can be done to protect migrating waterfowl.

Subject Areas

illegal hunting; waterfowl; a case survey; poisoned; price chain; the west of China

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