Wildlife trading case busted in SW China's Yunnan
KUNMING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Forest police in southwest China's Yunnan Province busted a case of illegal trading of rare and endangered wildlife products and captured one suspect on Tuesday.
A total of 31 ivory products, two pangolin scales and the skull of a helmeted hornbill were also seized at the home of the suspect, surnamed Huang, in Kunming, the provincial capital.
Huang confessed that he had been purchasing wild animal products since 2007.
A further investigation is under way.
China has launched a joint campaign to crack down on violations of the wildlife trade ban in a bid to control the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Since Jan. 24, Yunnan has launched a special operation to inspect marketplaces, flower and bird markets, restaurants and other places.
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, 20 suspects involved in wildlife trade had been caught in Yunnan, with 1,405 live wild animals and 304 dead ones seized.