A Red-Crowned Crane Farm in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province: Could It Be a Breeding Base for a Zoo? | The Original Comment o “Jiangsu Province’s Peacock Breeding Base” Published by CBCGDF
2020/4/8 16:33:00 本站

Recently, our volunteers noticed a video, showing many red-crown cranes (under Grade 1 Protection) bred on a farm in Xuzhou City. They immediately reported to China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF). After a follow-up investigation, the fact was established. The farm belongs to a company in Xuzhou, main businesses including black swan, alpaca, white swan, black-necked swan, ruddy shelduck, zebra, ostrich, mute swan, egret, peacock, porcupine, crowned crane, red-crowned crane, swan goose, and graylag goose.


The Policy Research Office of CBCGDF has attached great importance to farmed red-crowned cranes. To gain more details, on Mar 25, 2020, the Policy Research Office Jiangsu Forestry Bureau for information disclosure and released a related article on our WeChat platform. The following is one of the comments from a netizen "Jiang Su Kong Que Yang Zhi Ji Di” (or “Peacock Breeding Base in Jiangsu Province” in English):


“This is a breeding base for a zoo. You have to understand that we have numerous zoos all over the country, which are breeding countless rare and endangered animals. As long as these animals are not captured in wild or for consumption, I think it’s OK. Some animal activists and volunteers are going to extremes and want to eliminate our special animal farming industry in the wake of the pandemic, ignoring the interest of millions of bottom farmers!


According to the Directory of Wildlife Under Key State Protection, red-crowned crane is listed as the species under the Grade 1 Protection. In 2016, The State Forestry Administration of the People's Republic of China issued the List of National Key Protected Terrestrial Wild Animals for Artificial Breeding (Batch 1), yet red-crowned crane was not included.


(Photo credti: CBCGDF volunteer)

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By / Huang Jin Modified / Maggie