Chinese Villager kills and eats the last free Indochinese tiger

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Chinese Villager kills and eats the last free Indochinese tiger

A Chinese villager has been jailed for 12 years for shooting and eating the country's last known wild Indochinese tiger. Kang Wannian, a man who hunted and ate a rare Indo-Chinese tiger earlier this year, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined 100,000 yuan ($14,644).

He was also ordered to compensate the state for an economic loss of 480,000 yuan ($70,295) by the local court in Mengla, in southwest China's Yunnan province on Monday, yunnan.cn reported today.

Kang claimed he shot the cat in self-defence, but the local court ruled he "did not need a gun" to gather mussels, and slapped him with ten years for the killing and two years for "illegal possession of firearms". He was also fined 100,000 yuan (9,100) and "ordered to compensate the state for an economic loss of 480,000 yuan" (43,800).

Gao, who helped Kang cut up the carcass, and four villagers who shared the feline meal were sentenced to between three and four years for "covering up and concealing criminal gains".

The endangered Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti) is now represented by an estimated 1,000 individuals in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. The slaughtered Chinese specimen was photographed back in 2007 in the same reserve where it met its fate.

Kang Wannian and Gao Zuqiao were villagers from in Mengla. They happened to see a tiger while on their way to catch mussels in Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in Yunnan. Kang shot the tiger dead. The next day, the duo cut it into piece and shared the meat with other five villagers, the report said.

Gao and the five other villagers were also convicted of the crimes of illegal hunting, killing of endangered wildlife, and illegal possession of firearms. They were given prison sentences ranging from one to four years.

Kang defended himself saying he killed the tiger out of self-defense, and that he gave himself up for justice. The court rejected these arguments, saying that there was no need to carry a gun for catching mussels.

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By netchicken: posted on 23-12-2009








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