Harsh Sentencing of Two Circus Owners Sparks Controversy
(Beijing) — Two circus-troupe owners have been imprisoned by a Shenyang court for up to 10 years for illegally transporting several animals considered “protected species” — a ruling that critics say is too harsh because the court has handed down the same punishment to poachers.
Li Rongqing and his cousin Li Ruisheng, who owned the troupe based in the northern city of Cangzhou, were sentenced to eight years and 10 years respectively for ferrying animals for performances in Hebei and Liaoning provinces from May to July without a transport license.
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