Stop Hunting Red Pandas

Pandas are fast approaching the endangered species list, and extinction as there is a 40% decrease in red panda populations reported in China over the last 50 years, and populations in western Himalayan areas are considered to be lower.

 

They are loosing their habitat to domestic livestock grazing, and rapid deforestation, while the biggest threat in China seems to be hunting and poaching. Red pandas are often sold to private collectors and zoos at exorbitant prices.

 

In Southwest China, red pandas are hunted for their fur, especially for the highly valued bushy tails from which hats are produced. In these areas, the fur is often used for local cultural ceremonies, such as "good luck" charms to newlyweds at weddings.

 

We ask China to put a moritorium on hunting red pandas as they are facing extinction from too many factors.

 

Mr. Xiaosong Zheng
Director General
Ministry of Finance - International Department
Sanlihe Xicheng District
Beijing - 100820
China
Tel: + 8610 6855 1122
Fax: 011 8610 6855 1125
EMail: xs.zheng@mof.gov.cn


Ms. Jiandi Ye
Deputry Director
Ministry of Finance
IFI Division III International Department San Li He St. Xichengqu
Beijing - 100820
China
Tel: + 86 10 6855-1171
Fax: 011 86 10 6855 1125
EMail: jdye@mof.gov.cn

Pandas are fast approaching the endangered species list, and extinction as there is a 40% decrease in red panda populations reported in China over the last 50 years, and populations in western Himalayan areas are considered to be lower.



 



They are loosing their habitat to domestic livestock grazing, and rapid deforestation, while the biggest threat in China seems to be hunting and poaching. Red pandas are often sold to private collectors and zoos at exorbitant prices.



 



In Southwest China, red pandas are hunted for their fur, especially for the highly valued bushy tails from which hats are produced. In these areas, the fur is often used for local cultural ceremonies, such as "good luck" charms to newlyweds at weddings.



 



We ask China to put a moritorium on hunting red pandas as they are facing extinction from too many factors.


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