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6 sentenced for dealing in exotic reptiles

A 24-year-old woman was sentenced to two years in prison with a two-year reprieve yesterday for buying and selling two Siamese crocodiles, which are on China's list of wild animals under first-grade protection.

The Huangpu District's People's Court said the woman, identified as A'di, bought the animals at 300 yuan each in a pet market in Putuo District and sold them for 360 yuan each last June.

Underground trading of protected animals has been found in the city on occasion due to demand for pet raising and even for eating them in restaurants. A 2.1-meter-long Siamese crocodile was found dead in a river in the Pudong New Area on Sunday.

In a separate case yesterday, five people who bought and sold Chinese crocodile lizards received court sentences in the district court. Huang Wentao, 26, of Guangdong Province was sentenced to five and a half years in prison and fined 6,000 yuan (US$950) for illegal sales of protected animals while the four others received two-year sentences with two-year reprieves and were fined 2,000 yuan.

Huang sold three crocodile lizards to Huang Jie of Shanghai, 23, who sold two of them to his two friends who owned a reptile pet shop in Huangpu District. The third lizard was sold to Sun Yu.


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