4 face Zim deportation over tortoise meat

2012-02-18 14:25

Harare - Four Chinese men face deportation from Zimbabwe after they were arrested for killing more than 40 tortoises for meat, a state daily reported Saturday, citing a statement by an animal rights group.

The Herald newspaper said Zhang Hong Yuan, Chen Caijan, Lin Guibin and Shi Jiahua were arrested in a village in Bikita in southeastern Zimbabwe on Thursday, following a raid by the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ZNSPCA), the police and parks and wildlife authorities.

"When we raided the Chinese homestead, we also recovered 13 live tortoises, meat together with skeletal remains of a further 40 tortoises," the newspaper quoted SZSPCA chairperson Ed Lance as saying.

"Officers were dispatched to Bikita in order to undertake investigations into the matter and charges of cruelty were laid against the four. The four men are now detained pending deportation."

The animals were kept in steel drums without water or food, the Herald said.

The tortoise is listed as an endangered species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Villagers who gave statements to the police said the tortoises were dropped alive in boiling water to separate the shell and the flesh.

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-18 14:40

    Come on News24...these guys will be deported for not having proper immigration papers. In any case they can eat as many snakes as they like but the harmless tortoises hell no...!

  • Hilary - 2012-02-18 14:52

    they are here only to plunder our animals - get them the hell out!

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-18 14:53

    Prosecute, jail then deport these guys. I hpe they will then wide open their eyes to see the damage they are causing to Africa s endangered species in this case i mean the Rhino too

  • Zion - 2012-02-18 15:04

    Well everything else edible has been depleted So tortoise meat is the final solution before starvation sets in. Definitely not my cuppa cha.

  • Jacob - 2012-02-18 15:23

    The Chinese are going to decimate Africa's wildlife and rape our land for this space! Our only hope is for a Tsunami/Earthquake to destroy China or else we will have Chinese as one of our official languages in the future....F%&K the Chinese!

  • JvVuuren - 2012-02-18 15:31

    they should be kept in such conditions!!!!

  • Grant - 2012-02-18 15:50

    Why have the Chinamen not been prosecutrd? As it is, they can just sneak back into Zim or go to another African country and start up again. What is it with the Chinese? It's rhino, sharks, perlamon, tortoises and goodness knows what else. Do they not have a love of nature?

  • Shirley - 2012-02-18 15:50

    Firstly I am shocked that Zim even has a spca! Secondly that they actually did the right thing-as human or animal rights are basically non existant there! I hate to say this but chinese seem to be the most barbaric nation when it comes to animals!!!! Problem is there isnt a chance in hell of getting rid of them as they have both the Zim and S.A. government by the short and curlies! This is shocking,shameful and barbaric!

  • Susan - 2012-02-18 15:58


  • Nkosinathi - 2012-02-18 16:08

    Why deport them just give them capital punishment as it was done to Janice Linden. The high death of rhino poaching for Chinees markets in Kruger National park and the other onslaughter in many many areas within the region is so die that death pernality must be executed to these perpetrators. It is only in Africa that foreign nationals come can do whatever they want or benefit as natural citzen e.g Chinees qualfying for BEE, Chinees involded as a conventional arms supplier that fuel civil wars in countries DRC, Sudan and proping up despots in exchange of minerals rights extraction, the Mark Thatcher failed coup plots.

  • albert.ofentse - 2012-02-18 16:08

    That would be a good riddance!

  • Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-02-18 16:56

    Good for you Zimbabwe I wish we would deport the whole lot as well they want to kill and eat every living creature they can lay their hands on gosh these Chinese are just everywhere!!

  • Helen - 2012-02-18 17:43

    What a shame those Chinese weren't dropped into boiling water as well. Laws regarding cruelty to animals need serious attention.Well done Zim. I wonder what RSA would've done to those vile Chinese miscreants.

      Gail - 2012-02-18 23:42

      What is happening to those Chinese who have been caught in RSA? Let us not forget that there are South African Chinese who have been here several generations and they are honorary citizens. Generalizing is odious but we must remember that China has a huge land shortage/overpopulation problem and are one of the few nations to have made it illegal to have more than one child resulting in countless deaths of girl babies and an imbalance in genders. If they are able to live with themselves knowing these things what do you think will happen to Africa and Africans when they start calling in their debts sooner or later?

  • David Makombe - 2012-02-19 08:36


  • crismoyo - 2012-02-19 09:00

    I wish they could start eating coacroches and mosquitoes to reduce the population of these pests.

  • Allan - 2012-02-19 13:26

    Bob will ask for a handout from the Chinese and will then allow these "people" to stay in Zimbabwe. It is as simple as that. Can Zimbabwe afford to deport anyone?

  • Funani - 2012-02-19 16:31

    why deport them? try them and if guilty, jail them.

  • Alan - 2012-02-19 17:57

    Spread the news....medical science has proved beyond doubt that tortoise meat causes homosexuality. That should stop the bastards.

      Dat - 2012-02-20 15:39

      lol how does it coz homosexuality?

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      Fred - 2012-02-20 20:31

      "The Chinese scum". Geez, talk about being bigoted. From a woman, as well. Did you learn nothing from Apartheid?

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