Beijing , Feb 14: A woman also known now as “Pangolin Princess” in China after she shared pictures on social media of various cooked wildlife that she had eaten has been held by police, authorities said on Tuesday.
Among the dishes posted by the woman, who was named Lin by authorities, was a soup made up meat of eight different animals, including “pangolin, snake and swan”, The Telegraph reported.
Another photo showed a dish which was described by Lin — who could face ten years sentence under Chinese law — as “pangolin-blood fried rice”, along with images of live caged owls and pangolin.
Pangolin is the world’s most hunted animal. Its meat is misleadingly touted to have medicinal properties.
A soup of pangolin and caterpillar fungus — an expensive and highly sought after ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine — was “very delicious”, Lin was reported to have said.
She was detained by police in her home town of Shenzhen, in China’s south.
“The forestry sub-branch of Shenzhen Police will harshly crack down against and investigate thoroughly any criminal and law-breaking behaviour relating to wildlife,” the bureau added.
They were highlighted on the Chinese Internet after an investigation was launched last week into a lavish banquet of pangolin meat that was allegedly held by officials in Guizhou province, which is also in China’s south.
The meat of the nocturnal creature is seen as a delicacy by some in China, but Beijing banned the trade in pangolins already ten years back over fears that the insect-eating animal was being hunted to extinction. Swans are also protected in China.