Students Imprisoned 10 Years For Selling Found Birds

Students Imprisoned 10 Years For Selling Found Birds

One college student in Henan found a bird’s nest outside of his front door, and while a friend supported a ladder managed to fish out 12 birds, raise them for a time and then sell them. After that he found 4 more birds, but was arrested by the forest security police. This student and his friend have each violated the law by becoming unauthorized merchants as well as hunting or catching valuable and endangered animals, and were sentenced to ten and a half years and ten years respectively as well as a monetary fine. Netizens responded by saying “is that necessary? Ten years means a young guy will go in and will come out an old man, even selling children and women won’t earn you this high of a punishment, are Chinese people lower than birds?”

Source: qq

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  • Necrogodomega

    While I know they are referring to the sell of children and it’s low punishment, that doesn’t mean that this crime should have a low punishment too. Many Chinese people need to learn to respect nature especially their endangered animals. So they get a harsh sentence at a young age, they still get out with lots of years left to make a better life.

    I do agree that child selling should have a VASTLY harsher punishment, but it doesn’t mean this punishment should be lessened.

  • mr.wiener

    Let the punishment suit the crime

  • KamikaziPilot

    I know it’s their country their laws but 10 years for selling a damn bird? C’mon man, SMH.

    • VYSE

      the news does not suit the fact. the bird is some rare falcon, and this guy is professional hunter and merchant.
      refer: http://www.zhihu.com/question/38062479

      • KamikaziPilot

        I can’t read Chinese but the CSmack article already mentioned what you’re saying. These two should face some type of punishment but 10 years is way too harsh IMO. That can easily ruin someone’s life when I don’t think it’s deserved.

        • VYSE

          About the punishment different people just have various options. In Africa, the punishment is much higher. The rare animal protection law in China is among laws which are least opposed by common Chinese, while debates towards animal welfare is ongoing in many other countries.

          • KamikaziPilot

            I’m know it’s the law since that’s why they received the punishment they received. My initial comment was just my opinion that the punishment, despite it being law, doesn’t fit the crime. I feel the same way about other laws in other countries, such as punishment for gun related crimes in Japan and drugs in the US and some Asian countries. Maybe the reason the animal protection law is least opposed by Chinese is because hardly any one of them is effected by this law.

          • Myk

            The short blurp here makes it kind of sound like the guy just accidentally found the birds nest on his doorstep and sold them because he didn’t know better – if that were the case i could/would agree that the punishment is too hard. But he “found” in total 16 of these falcons, which indicates, at least to me, that he was actively looking for them and knew exactly what he was doing. The Punishment and the publication of it also serves to make others think twice, if the effort and risk are worth the reward. If he just gets slap on the wrist, then China would be running out of falcons way before it’s running out of hunters. Probably will anyway…

          • VYSE

            Not that reason as I know. Chinese around me have special feelings towards the rare species, though they don’t care the raised animal for food. This kind of crime is sentenced every day. Why this event caused such controversy in China? Check the title, “student”,”birds”. More specifically journal came after indeed, like this “16 falcons of a dying species for sale, young poacher imprisoned 10 years”, and the controversy was turning into “is the punishment too light for such felony?”

          • KamikaziPilot

            I guess we can argue all day about whether the punishment fit the crime but I feel it’s run its course. I wonder how the punishment for crimes like rape or assault compare to this punishment. If a rapist were sentenced to less time than these students it would seem to indicate that rape was a less serious crime than what these students did, for which I would disagree.

          • VYSE

            In most Chinese’s view, this poacher case by no means is more serious one. It’s about how you consider about other species’ right, and this crime endangers the species’ existence. I believe if it is 16 panda, most people will take it as serious case. Falcon and bear species are enormous, but Falco subbuteo and panda are rare.

          • KamikaziPilot

            I’m not talking about “most Chinese”, I’m talking about MY views. The thing is we can speculate all we want about how others think but I’m just expressing that I personally think this punishment is way too harsh. I also don’t think it would make sense for a rapist to receive less time than these two students, if that’s the case.

          • VYSE

            Actually rapist receive no less time than poacher in China if both are serious case.

  • Myk

    What type of bird has 12 young ones in one nest?

    • kinda expensive eagle! these arab rich love to show off.

    • Amused

      Big Bird?

  • David

    “are Chinese people lower than birds?” Is that a real question? In China, of course they are treated lower than birds.

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