China - A villager from Mengla, Yunnan Province, has been sentenced to jail for 12 years for killing and eating what is thought to be the last Indochinese tiger in China.
Kang Wannian claims to have killed the tiger in self defense. He came across the tiger in February while fishing for freshwater clams at a nature reserve near China's border with Laos.
His complete sentence is 10 years for killing a rare animal and 2 years for illegal possession of firearms. He was also fined 480,000 yuan ($70,000USD).
The animal, the only known tiger in the area was last photographed at the reserve in 2007 and has not been seen since the incident occurred reported a Yunnan based newspaper, Life News. Life News also quoted the Forestry Bureau as stating that there is no evidence that that was the last tiger in China.
Four villagers who helped dismember and eat the tiger have been sentenced to three to four years for "covering up and concealing criminal gains."
There are fewer than 1,000 IndoChinese tigers in the forests of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is on the brink of extinction.
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