CCTV’s Report“Earthworms were Hunted to Extinction! What Happened?”——The Electric Earthworm EPIL Case of CBCGDF
2022/6/17 12:57:00 本站

Recently, China Central Television(CCTV) and have reported in detail the electric earthworm case, an environmental public interest lawsuit brought by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF). This is a typical public interest litigation case for soil biodiversity conservation. As the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (Session 2) is about to be held in Kunming, and a new framework for global biodiversity after 2020 is about to be born in China, this environmental public interest litigation provides a template. This is a classic case of biodiversity conservation judicial practice expanding from the relatively narrow "protection of endangered species" to "protection of ecosystems". It has leading significance not only in China but also in the world.


In response to the widespread phenomenon of "earthworms electric shock" in some areas, CBCGDF filed an environmental public interest lawsuit against electric shock earthworms. Electric shock earthworm environmental public interest litigation is typical judicial protection of biodiversity. In August 2020, CBCGDF submitted three environmental public interest lawsuits related to earthworm electric shock to the Zhuhai Intermediate People's Court. The defendants, in this case, are all businesses selling earthworm electric shock devices on the online e-commerce platform. They sell electric shock devices for hunting earthworms on e-commerce platforms, and buyers can use this tool to hunt earthworms to extinction. This has caused irreversible damage to the ecological environment, especially the soil environment. In August 2021, the case will be judged in the first instance. This is the first time that China's judicial system deems electric shock to earthworms are also ecological damage.

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