China's Last Tiger Eaten

There's no way of knowing whether the tiger that made a meal for five men was really the last Indochinese tiger in China, but no one has seen any others in years. Kang Wannian of Yunnan Province in China claims he killed the tiger in self-defense last February. Then he ate it.
The only known wild Indochinese tiger in China, photographed in 2007 at the same reserve, has not been seen since Kang's meal, the Yunnan-based newspaper Life News reported earlier this month.

The paper quoted the provincial Forestry Bureau as saying there was no evidence the tiger was the last one in China.

A local court sentenced Kang to 10 years for killing a rare animal plus two years for illegal possession of firearms, the local web portal Yunnan.cn reported. Prosecutors said Kang did not need a gun to gather clams.

Four villagers who helped Kang dismember the tiger and ate its meat were also sentenced from three to four years for "covering up and concealing criminal gains", the report said.

The Indochinese tiger is on the brink of extinction, with small populations in Laos, Vietnam. Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma. Link -via Arbroath

(image credit: Cburnett)

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Man I was on safari and we ate everything we shot, zebra, lion cub, everything, the real crime here is that the poor man and his friends were sent to jail for killing an animal.
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Ugh, tigers > peasants. I may not be popular for voicing that, but there are an awful lot of people and not an awful lot of tigers.

Glad he got prison time as a reward for this.

And yes, I am being serious.
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Me a hoot...? Tooot!!!! Sure...

No in such countries it is very well known what punishments will follow such crimes. And If you can't do the time- don't do the crime. Every kid knows- Listen to your parents if you don't want to get their punishments or else be prepared to suffer their ruling, howver stupid that might be. Every Chinese knows that the authorities can as well be corrupt as that it can be overly strict and harsh. So they got very lucky that the Chinese government didn't execute them for this mistake if only for international Public Relations on the part of wildlife preservation...
And like I said- If one gets strict orders not to get into confrontation with an enemy or some other danger- just don't go there if you don't want to get into trouble from either the enemy or danger OR from the authority that gave you the order not to get into trouble in the 1st place.
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