If one buys rare or endangered wild animals to eat or for other illegal purposes and is aware of the animal's protected status, he/she will be punished in accordance with the Criminal Law, according to a draft judicial interpretation being reviewed this week by China's top legislature.
The draft is scheduled to be reviewed from Monday to Thursday by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. It's the first time that concrete rules have been proposed to prohibit the eating of endangered wildlife. In some parts of China, eating wildlife is a centuries-old tradition.
Following are ten rare or endangered wild animals that had been sold in restaurants.
Wildlife under first class State protection
Snub-nosed monkey had appeared on the menu of a restaurant in Maoming City, south China's Guangdong Province, June 1999.