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Monday, April 15, 2013

Chinese Poachers Caught Red-Handed in The Philippines

Twelve crewmen from a Chinese fishing vessel are being held by Philippine authorities.  Their boat rammed into a coral reef, and the authorities discovered the boat was holding 22,000 pounds of pangolin meat.

The pangolin is a rare species of anteater.  It’s protected in most of Asia, and there’s been an international trade ban since 2002.

The Chinese vessel — F/N Min Long Yu — crashed into a coral reef that was part of a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site on Palawan island.  A spokesman for the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines said:

“It is bad enough that the Chinese have illegally entered our seas, navigated without boat papers and crashed recklessly into a national marine park and World Heritage Site.  It is simply deplorable that they appear to be posing as fishermen to trade in illegal wildlife.”

The Chinese poachers could get up to twelve years on poaching charges, and an additional six years for possession of pangolin meat.

Throw the fuckin’ key away.

And in a strange twist of Karma, two Chinese tourists — they were in their car — were attacked by an elephant in a South African game preserve.  The elephant overturned their car.  They were both injured but not killed.

They were driving through Kruger National Park at around 6:30 a.m. when the elephant charged their vehicle.

All jokes about Karma aside, this was of course a tragic occurrence and the two victims presumably have nothing to do with the global trade in endangered species.  But the comments at the end of the linked article are a glimpse at how people perceive the Chinese and their role in the worldwide slaughter of endangered wildlife:

“Payback for all the endangered species being poached in the name of ‘traditional Chinese medicine.’”

“Elephants are sick and tired of being mistreated. The Chinese drive the ivory trade, how apropos that the elephant should attack them.”

“Maybe when the elephant saw they were Chinese it was trying to get his uncles tusks back.”

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Anonymous ONE CHILD said...

Interesting post, Tom. People need to think about things, what they buy, more often!

Elephants are smart as we all know. Really smart! Probably have a good sense of smell too!

April 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

We should continue building the Great Wall... to keep the bastards IN!

April 16, 2013 at 3:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing on the Marathon bombing I see because you can't blame it on some white domestic terorist

April 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sung to the tune of "It's the most - beee uuu ti ful time of the year!"

It's that brand da vi di an time of the year!

April 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

ONE CHILD: We really do need to think about what we're buying and who we're patronizing.

Mr. C: LOL. We might have to.

Anonymous 10:02 a.m.: No doubt you're hoping it was al Qaeda so we'll have an excuse to invade a few more countries.

Anonymous 11:22 a.m.: Sorry, I don't catch your reference.

April 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM  
Anonymous ONE CHILD said...

Waco (the right wing reaction to it), Tea Party, Republicans, Truthers, Branch Davidians, all the same to me.

Even Susan Collins today, trying to whip something up, saying that if a foreign nat. pulled this Boston crap, lets just throw out the Constitution. Messes with me. So I sing.

April 17, 2013 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

ONE CHILD: OK, thanks for clarifying (and singing). I hadn't heard about Susan Collins' latest outburst so I'll have to Google it.

April 17, 2013 at 1:18 AM  

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