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China Amends Wildlife Protection Law

Mon, 16 Jan 2023
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 30 Dec. 2022, China’s legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) revised the “Wildlife Protection Law” (野生动物保护法).

The Law was enacted in 1988 and amended in 2009, 2016, 2018, and 2022.

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The noteworthy provisions in the Law are as follows:

  1. Wild animals refer to the rare and endangered species of terrestrial and aquatic wild animals and the terrestrial wild animals of significant ecological, scientific, or social value.
  2. The general public shall prevent the spread of wild animal-borne infectious diseases and resist the illegal eating of wild animals.
  3. The people’s governments at or above the provincial level shall include important habitats of wild animals in national parks, nature reserves, and other natural protected areas.
  4. The monitoring and quarantine of the epidemic sources and epidemic diseases of wild animals as well as prevention and control of infectious diseases of animals related to anthropozoonosis shall be governed by the provisions of the Animal Epidemic Prevention Law (动物防疫法) and other relevant laws and regulations.
  5. It is prohibited to provide unique genetic resources of wild animals in China to overseas institutions or personnel. Where international scientific research cooperation is conducted, approval shall be obtained in accordance with the law.
  6. The introduction of any species of wild animals from abroad shall be subject to the approval of the competent department of wild animal conservation of the State Council.



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