China: Woman Spends More Than 10,000 Yuan Trying to Buy Fake ‘Monkey’ (21.3.2017)

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Original Author: Chen Ying (陈英) – Chongqing Evening News

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

On March 16th, 2017, 24 year-old Ms Dong (董) of Yubei District, embarked upon the process of purchasing a little monkey intended to be a pet, after seeing what she thought was a legitimate advertisement on ‘WeChat’ which featured a video of a little monkey playing – together with a contact telephone number. The seller immediately demanded a ‘deposit’ of 650 Yuan, to ensure that the monkey would not be sold to another buyer. After handing over the money – a new message informed Ms Dong that her monkey was in quarantine (after being imported into China by air), and that she would have to pay a further 3700 Yuan for its medical care and general upkeep. On March 17th, Ms Dong received a note from a person claiming to represent a courier firm – stating that the monkey had to have a very expensive vaccine – which would cost Ms Dong another 2,000 Yuan. If she did not pay, she would not receive the monkey or get any of her money back. The next day, Ms Dong – worried for the monkeys safety – decided to pay the 2,000 Yuan via ‘WeChat’. The next ‘demand’ stated that the courier firm was being difficult and would not ship the monkey without insurance cover of another 4,000 Yuan – which Ms Dong paid after being told she had 12 hours to comply. The seller then provided a ‘fake’ screen-shot statement of account, claiming Ms Dong had not paid the 4,000 Yuan. It was at this point in the proceedings that Ms Dong contacted the Yubei District Public Security Bureau – where two police officers were assigned to investigate this case (which is ongoing). The police stated that under Chinese Law it is illegal to trade animals in a private capacity, as this does not guarantee the safety or good treatment of said animals. To sell animals in China, the owner must possess an up-to-date licence from the government that guarantees that the animals are looked after and cared for to an appropriate degree – as animal cruelty is a criminal act under Chinese Law – punishable with imprisonment and high fines. Furthermore, the police stated that monkeys are an endangered species both inside and outside of China, and those trafficking them in any way will face the harshest of legal punishment. Monkeys should not be captured in the wild and forced to live in small cages, as this distresses them greatly, and makes their behaviour highly aggressive and unpredictable. If anyone encounters animal trafficking or animal cruelty in China – they should immediately contact the local police.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2017.

Original Chinese Language Article:

http://news.cnwest.com/content/2017-03/21/content_14612928.htm

女子花一万余元买猴子当宠物 被卖家“当猴耍”

时间:2017-03-21 14:39:00  来源:重庆晚报  作者:陈英

买猴子当宠物 被卖家当猴耍

重庆晚报讯 3月16日,家住渝北区的24岁董女士决定,买一只小猴子当宠物养。

通过添加一段宠物猴子视频上留下的微信,董女士获得卖猴人的联系电话。按对方要求,先通过微信发红包650元作为定金,就能收到空运来的小猴子。听对方说猴子要进行检疫,还需要付款3700元,董女士又用微信转去3700元。对方再次表示,猴子检疫完成后就立马发空运过来。

3月17日,一个自称是快递公司工作人员的人添加董女士微信。对方说,还要给猴子打疫苗才能运过来,费用2000元。董女士又通过微信转去2000元,不料等到次日,还是没收到空运猴子。

董女士找到卖家,对方称可能是没给猴子买保险金,所以快递公司没发货。猴子保险金4000元,收货后12小时退还。于是,董女士又转去4000元。

没想到的是,对方收到这笔钱后把转账信息删除后的聊天记录截图发给她,声称没收到保险金,要她再转4000元。

董女士这才怀疑对方是骗子,马上向渝北区公安分局两路派出所报警。目前,该案正在侦办中。

警方提醒:类似私自买卖国家保护动物属违法行为。因为,饲养国家二级保护动物以下的猴子,需到当地林业部门办理《野生动物驯养繁殖许可证》以及相关手续。另外,猴子是一种情绪波动很大的动物,笼养失去了宠物意义。牵养需要驯猴技巧,否则容易发生逃跑和伤人情况。 重庆晚报记者 陈英

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