Police in Shandong recently cracked down on an illegal case of wildlife product smuggling, apprehending 961 pieces of python skin as well as two suspects.
The piles of sheets, valuing a total of around 8 million yuan in the market, were allegedly to be used in making erhu, a traditional Chinese two-stringed bowed musical instrument.
Pythons are considered a first-class nationally protected species, and the trading and smuggling of its products is strictly prohibited.
Although the law did not stop the multi-million underground business from operating, the Chinese government has been busting various python smuggling cases in Taiwan, Hong Kong and other places.
Just two months ago, Beijing publicly destroyed more than 600 kilograms of ivory in an attempt to publicize the success of China’s crackdown on such trafficking.
By Joyce Ng
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