Man Gets 13-Year Jail Sentence for Butchering Endangered Species

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A Chinese real estate developer known only by the name of Xu has been sentenced to 13 years in jail and fined $25,000 for butchering and eating three tigers.

In June, the Xinhua news agency reported that the man had a

“special hobby of grilling tiger bones, boning tiger paws, storing tiger penis, eating tiger meat and drinking tiger blood alcohol.”

When police raided Xu’s home, they found eight pieces of tiger meat and bones in his refrigerator, along with 16 geckos and a cobra.

According to court reports from June, Xu had organized three trips last year to the Guangdong Province, where he and his companions bought tigers for “a huge amount of money,” then killed and butchered them on camera. Xu and the 15 others involved in the crime against the endangered species had appealed to a higher court regarding their sentences.

The higher court upheld the previous ruling on Monday. Xu will serve his sentence and pay his fine, while the 15 others will pay smaller fines and serve shorter jail terms.

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