Wednesday, 15 October 2014

China 'main destination' for illegally traded chimpanzees

Baby chimpanzees are being hunted and sold to populate country’s growing number of wildlife parks and zoos, reports China Dialogue

Yan Dingfei, for China Dialogue, part of the Guardian Environment Network, Tuesday 14 October 2014 17.04 BST

Karl Ammann, in Beijing to show a new documentary on China’s involvement in the illegal trade in chimpanzees, is blunt: “China is the biggest destination for illegally traded chimpanzees.” Almost all chimpanzees performing in Chinese zoos have been obtained illegally, he says. 

Ammann, a 66-year-old Swiss wildlife photographer who once said “the lens is my weapon”, was in 2007 named as a Time magazine Hero of the Environment. He first published images of illegal wildlife smuggling in publications including the New York Times and National Geographic20 years ago – showing readers around the world the truth of the bloody trade. 

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