Photos of butchered baby dolphin on Chinese street anger netizens

Disturbing images of an endangered Chinese white dolphin hacked to pieces at a fish market in China are making the rounds on social media, and enraging conservationists around the globe. Three fishermen have been identified by police as suspects.

    2017/04/04

NSFW    ZHUHAI, CHINA — Disturbing images of an endangered Chinese white dolphin hacked to pieces at a fish market in China are making the rounds on social media, and enraging conservationists around the globe. Three fishermen have been identified by police as suspects.

One of the fishermen, surnamed Zhong, claims he went fishing on March 30 and caught sight of a big fish, floating dead in the water. Zhong returned to his village with the animal’s body, where he and two other fishermen could gut its carcass for the meat. After removing the flesh that had gone rotten, they placed the remaining parts in buckets of ice and tried, unsuccessfully, to sell them to the public.

Upon being alerted to this, the Zhuhai Fishery Administration retrieved the baby dolphin’s body parts for what is now an ongoing investigation. China’s Wild Animal Protection laws prohibit the sale or purchase of the Chinese white dolphin, a species listed under first-class protection in the country.

The rare dolphins, recognized for their pinkish coloration and friendly disposition, are known to reside in the Pearl River Estuary, a zone that flows into the South China Sea. Their population continues to dwindle, victimized by overfishing, pollution, and marine traffic. According to the WWF, there are only believed to be an estimated 2500 remaining in the area.
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