According to Chinese state media, China has adopted a new law which bans the consumption and sale of endangered species and products derived from endangered species.

Specifically, China will adopt a revised version of an older law that will prevent “hunting, sale, purchase, and use of state-protected wild animals or derived products, unless for scientific research, captive breeding, population regulation, monitoring of disease, or other purposes”

However, the new law will allow any endangered -state protected- animals who are bred in captivity to continue being used for consumption and sale.

The law also provides regulation for the release of captive animals into the while, ensuring that they are released in a way that does not endanger the ecosystem or locals.

Animal rights activists have voiced concerns that the new law will do little to actually curtail the practices which are affecting endangered species as it still allows the animals to be used in products, so long as they aren’t for consumption.