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Animal rights in China

Man drives off with dolphin stranded on Chinese beach

Suspect spotted hauling the stricken animal – a protected species – over his shoulder and driving off with it in his car, news website reports

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 May, 2018, 2:29pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 May, 2018, 7:32pm

Police are trying to trace a man filmed carrying off a dolphin that had got stranded on a beach in southern China. 

The footage, filmed during China’s three-day labour holiday on May 1, was taken at Hailing Island – a popular tourist hotspot – in Guangdong province, the news website Btime.com reported.

 

The man in swimming shorts is shown in the video walking casually down the beach with the large dolphin over his shoulder and a woman following behind. 

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A local fishery authority official, whose full name was not given, told the website: “We received reports from witnesses saying there was a dolphin that had got stranded on the beach and looked like it was about to die when it was found.

“The man, thought to be a tourist on the island, was then seen to have carried the dolphin away on his car … he will be punished when he is identified. 

“Dolphins are protected animals [in China]. Whether it was dead or alive, he should have called the authorities for help.”

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Chinese internet users were enraged over the video, which was widely circulated online. 

“Is he going to boil the dolphin [for food]? This is simply disgusting,” one internet user wrote. 

Another said: “These people are like savages. They should be punished and made to pay hundreds of thousands of yuan.”