By Raymond Beauchemin
Taobao, China's largest online retailer, is offering thousands of products made from the skins of domestic pets. One item on offer by a seller is a waistcoat made from cat skin.
He had only sold one of it and nothing else, according to Shanghai Daily.The China Small Animal Protection Association volunteers try to protect the animals, but the job is hard without government help.
Taobao insists the sale of products made from domestic pets and endangered species is banned. Enforcement of the rules is, ahem, spotty.
Angry? Punch a panda
The endangered species laws of most countries prohibit poaching and trapping for collection in a zoo. What about punching a panda?
Nate Hill, a performance artist in New York, thinks it's OK. Hill wears a bodysuit, white panda paw gloves and a panda-like head the side of a huge pumpkin on the streets of Manhattan and encourages people to strike him.
The Punch Me Panda act is a "community service", Hill says. "I knew people want to punch things because I want to punch things."