China opens investigation into slaughter of rare sea turtle

The case grew to national prominence after cellphone video circulated showing the 200-kilogram (440-pound) turtle being sliced into pieces and sold to eager villagers in the southern province of Guangdong.

By: AP | Beijing | Published: December 10, 2016 8:48 am
China, China Turtle, China turtle killed, turtle slaughter, china turtle killing investigation, china investigation, turtle death investigation, China Turtle death, china news, indian express news The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday that six villagers have been referred to investigators.

Authorities in southern China have opened an investigation into the slaughter and sale of a protected leatherback sea turtle by local fishermen. The case grew to national prominence after cellphone video circulated showing the 200-kilogram (440-pound) turtle being sliced into pieces and sold to eager villagers in the southern province of Guangdong.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday that six villagers have been referred to investigators. It said villagers claimed the turtle was dead when they caught it.

China’s growing animal rights movement has sought to raise awareness of abuses ranging from the slaughter of canines for an annual dog meat festival in a southern city to the farming of bears milked for their bile to be used in traditional Chinese medicine.

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