Chinese man sentenced over selling wildlife online

(Xinhua) Updated : 2017-05-19

NANNING - A man was sentenced to a five-year prison term Wednesday for trading endangered wildlife, according to a court in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south China.

The man, who has been identified by his surname Wei, had managed pet stores on social media platforms that sold animals including otters, boa constrictors and toucans since 2015, the people's court of Dongxing city said.

In May 2016, Dongxing forest police seized six toucans, four otters and 20 boa constrictors from his home. All the animals are under state protection, according to the court.

Wei was also fined 30,000 yuan ($4,000), the court said.