Beijing Municipal passes law to punish park violators

TOURISTS who scare, attack, trap or harm animals, or make campfires or barbecues, or pick or dig up plants in parks will be fined from 50 yuan (RM23) to 100 yuan (RM46), according to a new regulation.  

The Beijing Municipal Regulation on Parks, which took effect on Wednesday, will provide criterion for punishment for violators. 

Wang Wei, deputy general manager of Badaling Wildlife World in Beijing, said that without the regulation, caring for animals was just a concept advocated by some wildlife specialists and animal protection volunteers. Along with an improved awareness, more and more ordinary Chinese have taken action to protect animals.  

In late December last year, when it snowed for five days in Beijing, urban dwellers took the initiative to feed birds in the open. And rest areas for animals at the Beijing Zoo are all climate-controlled. 

In February last year, Liu Haiyang, a student at Qinghua University, poured sulphuric acid onto black bears in Beijing Zoo, seriously harming them.  

Liu was detained by the police but was soon released as there was no specific rules regarding the violation of animals, especially those under protection. 

The incident aroused fierce criticism from the general public. – People’s Daily 

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