On August 28, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) filed a civil public interest litigation with Hainan No.1 Intermediate People’s Court formally by mail, naming Zhang XX, Li XX, Chen XX, and Qiu XX as defendants.
From 2019 to 2020, a pangolin has experienced a life-to-death journey: after being bought and sold by Zhang XX, Li XX, Chen XX, and Qiu XX, it eventually died and was eaten. In the context of the global prohibition of illegal trade in pangolins and the continuous decline of pangolin populations, the disappearance of any pangolin is a serious loss of national ecological resources and biodiversity.
Currently, Hainan No.1 Intermediate People’s Court is based on the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China and the Supreme People’s Court’s Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Specific Application of Laws in the Trial of Criminal Cases Destroying Wild Animal Resources, has made criminal sentences on the four people for illegally purchasing, transporting, selling precious, endangered wild animals, and wild animal products.
But this is far from enough. The ecological value of a pangolin far exceeds our imagination. The criminal liability has ended. How should environmental civil liability be counted? At present, the materials for CBCGDF’s public interest litigation have been received by Hainan No.1 Intermediate People’s Court, and we look forward to the follow-up progress of the case!
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By / Xu Li Modified / Niu Jingmei