Published: Friday 15 September 2006

The Chinese government has postponed an auction that would have allowed foreign companies to bid for licences to hunt wild animals following a public backlash. The auction would have allowed foreign hunting organisations to bid for the right to hunt 289 animals from 14 different species. The licences were based on types and numbers of wild animals, ranging from about US $200 for a wolf, the only carnivore on the list, to as much as US $ 40,000 for a yak.

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