A total of 11 people were arrested at a pet store in Changsha for the illegal trading and selling of cynomolgus monkeys, a class II protected species in China. More than 100 adorable baby monkeys were saved from being sold as pets.
The monkeys were bought from Vietnam and transported to Guangxi province. The traders drove them to Changsha to sell them, Sina News reports.
A chief police officer said that they were tipped off to the case after a report from last November about six Tyto, another class II protected species, being found at a freight station in Changsha.
Cynomolgus monkeys (also called as crab-eating macaque) usually live in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Nicobar Islands of India. They are listed as protected animals in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Trading more than 10 of such an animal could potentially result in a life sentence in prison.
By Dina Li