As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 29 December 2015

College student gets over 10 yrs' jail for poaching rare birds

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing December 2, 2015 Last Updated at 16:22 IST

A Chinese court today sentenced two persons, including a college student, to 10 years in prison for hunting 12 endangered birds during summer vacation and selling them online.

The court of Huixian county in central China's Henan province heard that Yan, born in 1994, was college student in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan.

He caught 12 Eurasian hobbies on July 14 last year with a friend surnamed Wang.

One of the birds died while another escaped.

The remaining 10 were sold via the internet for more than 1,000 yuan (about USD 156).

The pair caught two more Eurasian hobbies on July 27, as well as two other falcons, before they were put into custody by the forestry police bureau of Huixian county.

Yan also bought a crested goshawk illegally. 

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