China: The New Adventure Hunting Hot Spot?

Is China the next hot destination for American adventure hunters? Maybe, according to this article on Chinadaily.com:

China could reopen its doors to international hunters after an expert team approved several applications by United States citizens to shoot blue sheep and Tibetan gazelle in Qinghai province. The country's top wildlife management authority will take that decision into account when they debate lifting the ban on foreign hunters.

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The State Forestry Administration is expected to reply to the applicants within 20 working days, said Bi Yanying, an associate professor of law at the Beijing-based University of International Relations. Bi was among the 12 experts who gave their approval on Friday. Permits for overseas hunters have not been issued since 2006 due to public pressure. By the end of 2005, the industry had brought in more than $36 million from 1,101 foreign citizens, who captured 1,300 "trophies" on the Chinese mainland, according to official statistics.

According to the story, China's wildlife protection law prohibits hunting animals under national protection unless it is for a "special purpose" such as research, education or exhibition. But that didn't stop some 130 foreign hunters between 2002 and 2006 from shelling out $7,900 to hunt blue sheep and $1,500 for a Tibetan gazelle, although the story says those prices are sure to rise.

So what do you think? Would you pay to hunt China, or would you stick with a more traditional exotic hunt?

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