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6 charged with eating a tiger

SIX villagers in southwest China's Yunnan Province went on trial at a local court charged with eating a rare tiger.

Compensation of 480,000 (US$70,288) yuan was also being sought for killing a protected species, yesterday's Chongqing Evening News reported.

Mengla County People's Court of Yunnan's Xishuangbanna Dai Ethnic Autonomous Prefecture didn't announce a verdict after Wednesday's hearing.

The court heard that Mengla villagers Kang Wannian and Gao Zuqiao were walking beside a river when they spotted a creature on the opposite bank. Kang shot at it and the two ran over to find they had killed a tiger.

The next morning they called other villagers, including Chen Naibing, Yang Jianming, Bai Zhiquan and Zhou Ziyong, to help dismember the tiger.

Burying the skin and internal organs, they brought the other parts back home and cooked them.

In March, their story attracted the attention of police who launched an investigation.

Prosecutors said the tiger which was killed was an Indochinese Tiger, a rare protected species.

Kang and Bai were also charged with illegally keeping guns. Gao, Chen, Yang and Zhou were also charged with helping conceal the truth.

Kang's lawyer argued Kang had shot the creature to protect himself.

Kang's father had his face disfigured after being bitten by a wild bear in 1979 when Kang was seven. His brother was trampled by a wild elephant and died in 1995.


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