Chinese city launches whistle-blowing app to eliminate wildlife crimes
Hangzhou City of east China's Zhejiang Province launched a mobile app on March 25 to solicit tip-offs on illegal activities relating to wild animals.
Residents can submit anonymous or real-name reports on three categories of wildlife crimes: the illegal hunting and killing of wild animals, the illegal trading of wild animals, and the illegal consumption of wild animals. The reports can be submitted by phone with detailed locations, descriptions and photos or video clips, according to the Hangzhou Municipal People's Procuratorate, which developed the mobile app with Alipay, one of China's most popular online payment service providers headquartered in Hangzhou.
Meanwhile, residents can still report wildlife crimes via hotlines.
The move was in response to a decision adopted by the country's top legislature on February 24 to thoroughly ban the illegal trading of wildlife and eliminating the consumption of wild animals to safeguard people's lives and health.
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