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Chinese police arrest eight for illegal hunting in Tianjin, free 1,200 migratory birds

More than 1,200 migratory birds have been freed after being captured illegally in Binhai New Area in Tianjin, and Tianjin police have arrested eight people suspected of hunting such birds.

Clap nets with a total length of more than 10,000 meters have also been cleared from the area on the coast of the Bohai Sea east of Tianjin’s main urban area, which is one the most important migration channels for birds in this country, Xinhua reported.

Chinese police offer 100,000 yuan reward in hunt for poachers suspected of poisoning hundreds of swans

As the peak season for bird migration approaches, Tianjin authorities have stepped up their enforcement of regulations on illegal hunting and the sale and purchase of migratory birds, the report said.

Eight cases of illegal hunting for migratory birds were solved by the Tianjin police, with eight suspects arrested.

Chinese restaurant caught serving protected wild sparrow on the menu

An inspection team said it had been focusing patrols in places such as Beidagang Wetland, aquaculture areas, coastal areas and companies that focus on taming and breeding wild animals, the report said.

China’s wildlife protection laws have since 1989 banned the killing of wild and endangered animals, including birds.