City to Implement Five Year Hunting Ban
The Shenzhen urban management bureau is creating a policy that will ban the hunting for the next five years in their effort to protect the city’s local wildlife. Shenzhen has one of a major habitat for migratory birds especially in areas such as Shenzhen Bay, the Mangrove Natural Reserve in Futian, OCT Wetland in Nanshan, Futong Mountain, Tiegang Reservoir, the Waterland Resort and Dapeng Peninsula are home to several diverse species in which several species are already under State protection.
The city houses more that 480 wildlife species, 389 of these species are migratory birds, and the city wildlife protection administration states that the city is one big stopover of 100,000 varieties of birds on their annual migration. The administration also said that bird poaching has been rampant in the past years as several violations were reported in locations around the city for the first half of 2013. Current hunting law is criticized as being too lenient and ineffective due to light punishments especially in cases that involved wildlife that are not protected by the State.
Although the city has already banned hunting in a few areas in the city such as natural reserves, wetlands and forest parks, but doesn’t prevent criminals from setting up traps in other places. As of now the city is planning to implement a five year hunting ban that covers all wildlife following other Chinese cities that have already created animal sanctuaries.