Police in east China have arrested two men and closed down two restaurants, including one frequented by government officials, in a crackdown on those poaching wild animals and plating them as delicacies.
So far in the crackdown, 13 shotguns have been seized along with more than 1,300 iron clamps for trapping animals in the mountains of Zixi County, Jiangxi Province, local police said Friday.
The two men were arrested for poaching and killing seven endangered short-tail monkeys, including three infants, police told Xinhua. They sold them to farmers' markets for more than 3,000 yuan (472 U.S. dollars).
More arrests may be made as the investigation continues, police said.
Officials in the county also closed three wild animal trading stations and two restaurants, where they found frozen wild boars, barking deer, bamboo rats and snakes. Three stores selling trapping hardware were also ordered to close.
The crackdown followed media reports that restaurants in hilly Zixi were selling monkey meat.
The monkeys were captured illegally on local mountains, sold to farmers' markets, and gruesomely slaughtered and served in several restaurants.
The closed restaurants sold monkey meat for 320 yuan per dish, while monkey brains were sold for 400 yuan a plate, a Xinhua investigation found. More....