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Activists plea for bird trap sales ban

By Wei Na (Global Times)

14:35, November 21, 2012

A bird is placed in a cage by bird hunters which is hung in a tree in Baiyun Taoist Temple, Xicheng district to lure other birds. The cage, equipped with a spring, will be closed after a bird flies in. Photos: CFP

As Tianjin police have offered a reward of 50,000 yuan ($8,020) for information leading to the capture of suspects who deliberately poisoned a number of oriental white storks, animal welfare volunteers found dozens of online stores selling professional bird hunting gear.

Local animal welfare activists told the Global Times Tuesday they were drafting an open letter to the national forestry bureau to appeal for a ban on the trade in bird hunting tools.

"There were at least 20 stores selling bird hunting devices when we searched on Taobao Sunday night, and all the complaints we filed about those products to the operation platform said it was an 'invalid' response," said Wang Congcong, a member of Bird Whistle, a bird protection NGO who started a campaign against the trade in hunting tools on the online shopping platform.

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