More than 20 suspects including an aquarium chief have been arrested by police in eastern China on suspicion of trading in protected wild animals such as gibbons and red pandas on social media.
An aquarium operator in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, was suspected of sourcing and selling wild animals around the country, according to a Legal Daily report published on Tuesday.
In a two-month investigation that began in May, Suzhou police tracked how the aquarium boss known as He allegedly bought, transported and sold the animals.
An arrest was made at the end of June as He and his associates were intercepted on a Suzhou highway after returning from a trip to Sichuan province. A red panda was found in the suspects’ vehicle.
Wang An, an investigator with Suzhou police, told Legal Daily that the arrest was followed by a search of He’s flat in which they found a number of nationally protected species including …