HARBIN, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Local courts in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province announced Tuesday the public sentencing of seven people involved in five cases of poaching and illegal transportation of wildlife products.
The cases involved three specimens of protected animals illegally transported, as well as 413 wild birds and 67 wild animals illegally hunted including the Chinese brown frog.
Under China's criminal law, a person who illegally transports protected wildlife and products thereof will face imprisonment of not more than five years and concurrently to a fine in minor circumstances. Those who violate the hunting regulations and cause damage to wildlife resources could face a maximum of three years in prison.
Heilongjiang is rich in wildlife and prone to poaching. The public sentencing reflects the tough stance on wildlife-related crimes, according to the courts.