A law currently under review by the national legislature may make it illegal to kill, cook, and eat endangered animal species, and to eat such animals at restaurants. Well, until this law gets ratified, it’s apparently a-Ok to go fry up some tasty panda steaks.
“Eating wildlife is a centuries-old tradition” in China according to the China Daily, but apparently exceptions can be made. China has some endangered-species laws on the books now, but they are primarily confined to hunting and selling animal products, and do not extend into the kitchen or the dining room/restaurant table. In the new legislation, “those who eat endangered species at restaurants might receive criminal punishment” in addition to the steep check often associated with, say, snow leopard soup.
The new laws will hopefully not pose a threat to Shanghaiist’s beloved “Off the Beaten Palate” section. If so, we’ll have to stuff ourselves with the appropriately endangered grub in the time that remains before ratification.