Lianyungang City Conducted a Thorough Investigation of Wild Animal Domestication and Breeding Sites | Volunteers Ignite the Fire of Wildlife Protection
2020/4/4 15:23:00 本站

On March 24th, led by the Environmental Investigation Branch of Lianyungang Public Security Bureau, the staffs of Lianyungang Forestry Station, the police of Guanyun County Public Security Bureau’s Food and Drug Department and the volunteers of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) jointly inspected two wild duck farms and one wild pheasant farm. Before the start of the operation, the local public security bureau transferred the list of all wild animal breeding places in the city and planned to thoroughly inspect these places according to the list. This makes the public further feel that the relevant departments of Lianyungang attach great importance to wildlife protection.


The two wild duck farms and one pheasant farm in this inspection are located in very remote places, which cannot be found on the GPS. The first farm has a quite large scale, and there are many wild ducks inside, mainly Indian spot-billed duck and Mallard. No other 1st level or 2nd level national protected animals have been found. However, CBCGDF’s volunteers who accompanied them to the inspection thought that the farm was suspected of illegal behavior. The first doubtful point is: the farm’s layout is identical to that of the poaching dens the volunteers had previously discovered; the second doubtful point is: this batch of wild ducks are small and skinny, and their breeding feathers are extremely bright, which is not like the breed raised in the farm.


Volunteers said, “some farms have pulled nets to avoid ducks flying away. However, there is no such desperate desire to fly for the mallard bred by several generations of cross-breeding. It is not their nature to run away. In general, when they see strangers, they will come to ask for food. On the contrary, those wild ducks from the wetland are always afraid of people. When they see people, they will try their best to dodge and fly away. This situation is very easy to judge. However, the first farm not only has nets, but also wild ducks there are afraid of human with stress response, so it is likely to be illegal breeding.” Volunteers said that further investigation is needed to determine whether the farm is illegal, but they have reported the reasons to the local public security organ; at the same time, they hope that CBCGDF can find several experts to make professional judgments and assist the relevant departments in further investigation.


The second wild duck farm that volunteers and relevant department staff went to is more than ten kilometers away from the first one. The farm is very small, and there are dozens of ducks at the inspection site. According to the local police, the old man who keeps wild ducks here has cancer, and his son went to another city for a living since he thinks running a breeding farm cannot make more money. As a result, the ducks here will be fed sometimes, but few people take good care of them.


There are more than 500 pheasants in the third farm, they are fat and healthy. The staff from relevant departments and CBCGDF volunteers jointly judged that the farm should be artificial. The owner and his wife complained to the police that they not only haven’t earned any money from the beginning of Chinese New Year to now but also consume a lot of feed every day.


“Lianyungang authorities attach great importance to this work, and they look forward to a new level of conservation work”, said the volunteers. CBCGDF once again praises for the rapid action of Lianyungang relevant departments. Thank the relevant departments of Lianyungang City for attaching great importance to the illegal domestication of wild animals. It is urgent to promote the conservation of wild animals in the context of the "total ban of illegal wildlife trade”. It is expected that with the joint efforts of forestry departments, environmental protection departments, public security departments, and volunteers, the spark of wildlife conservation work in Lianyungang can start a “fire of hope”

(Photo credit: CBCGDF volunteers)

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By / Tongtong Modified / Maggie