A police officer in Qinghai province was arrested on suspicion of hunting and killing endangered wild animals, after a whistleblower posted images of the dead creatures stored at a police station in Tianjun county.
An official from the Tianjun county government’s publicity office confirmed on Monday that 33-year-old Ma Yongming was detained on Sunday and removed from his post the next day, according to the Global Times.
The government official said that carcasses of an Asian wild donkey, two Tibetan gazelles and one Saker Falcon were found at the police station in Longmen Township, which Ma headed.
The case was made public on Friday, when a user on Weibo posted images of the dead animals placed in a refrigerator with the Longmen police station’s sign appearing in the background.
Last year, reports had surfaced that officials and rich businessman were attending ritual tiger killings, as they considered the slaughterings a “visual feast” to show off their social status.
Under Chinese law, those caught hunting and killing endangered wild animals could face up to 10 years in prison.