n of Hubei province, announced that it had punished 15 local officials for constructing a bridge that caused the de

 上海419品茶微信aths of 36 Chinese sturgeons, which are a critically endangered species. China Daily writer Zhang Zhouxiang comments:

In September 2018, when a company was constructing the local Miyue Bridge in Jingzhou, Hubei province, a nearby C

hinese sturgeon breeding base found that their Chinese sturgeons suffered and were jumping out of the water. 上海419

An investigation concluded that it was the noise of the construction that distur

 上海419bed the fish. However, the local government upon receiving the investigation report si

mply passed the buck from one department to another. The construction did not stop until one month later, but th

e tragedy had already happened because 36 Chinese sturgeons, whose number is lower than 1,000 nationwide, died. 上海419品茶微信

A later probe even found that the construction project had not undergone any environmental impact assessment. The ca

 上海419e reflects the lack of any environmental protection awareness among many local officials, whose sole co

ncern is GDP growth. The construction of the bridge will probably result in tens of millions of yuan in GDP growth. C

ompared to that, in their minds, the lives of a few Chinese sturgeons are expendable. 上海419

For a long time, wildlife protection and other aspects of environmental protection have

 上海419品茶微信been considered a job that belongs to environmental departments only. In this case, the local

government of Jingzhou received complaints first, but they simply passed them on.

Even when experts reached their conclusions, the bridge constr 上海419

uction still continued. It did not stop until the media reported on the incident.

This is the first of its kind, in which local officials have been punished for failing to properly protect an endangered species. Mo

 上海419品茶微信re important, the majority of the 15 punished officials serve in administrative offices, not just the one responsible for wi

ldlife protection. In other words, wildlife protection is considered a job for every department.

Let’s hope it will guide more officials nationwide to have a deeper understanding of the importance of wildlife protection.