Chinese authorities banned the import of cobras from Thailand, according to the Ministry of Health, Education and Family Planning (MOEFP), in a move widely criticized by human rights groups.
“The Chinese authorities are aware of the human rights abuses committed by the illegal trade in cobras and are taking steps to protect the health of the people,” the MOEFP said in a statement posted on its website, adding that the ban would apply to “all the goods” that are imported into China.
In February, China banned all trade in the animals after a government report said the country has not stopped the illegal sale of the animals.
“We will not allow the animals to be exploited, exploited and sold for profit,” the statement said.
The ban is part of a crackdown on illegal trade.
The move comes amid a series of reports of the killing of the animal and trafficking of its parts in China, which has become a hot spot for wildlife trafficking.