China will now punish eating endangered species -- both at home and in restaurants -- with a jail sentence. The country's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) approved a new interpretation of China's Criminal Law at a bimonthly session, which will protect China's 420 listed endangered species from hungry diners.
Offenders will now be in violation of criminal law, and could face up to 10 years in jail. The law is aimed at consumers rather than suppliers in an attempt to stymie the country's massive illegal hunting problem.
Some of the country's most iconic endangered animals -- who are now a little safer -- include pandas, pangolins, golden monkeys and Asian black bears.