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Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., plans to introduce an modification that might forestall pandas born within the U.S. from being despatched to China.
“It’s excessive time america mentioned ‘no’ to the Chinese language Communist Get together and its worldwide propaganda marketing campaign,” Mace mentioned in a press release Tuesday. “Pandas born in america deserve to remain in our nation.”
Rep. Nancy Mace. (AP Picture/Mic Smith, File)
Mace is aiming to incorporate the modification within the “America COMPETES Act,” a invoice geared toward serving to the U.S. achieve an edge over rivals similar to China within the fields of science and expertise.
The South Carolina lawmaker argues that China has tried to “soften the picture” of its communist authorities by loaning the pandas to zoos all over the world, charging $500,000 per panda whereas requiring that the animals be returned to China.
The Smithsonian Nationwide Zoo’s Big Panda Mei Xiang. (AP Picture/Jacquelyn Martin)
“Whether or not born within the U.S. or in a foreign country, pandas are thought-about the property of the Chinese language authorities and should finally return to China,” Mace mentioned.
The follow of sending cubs born elsewhere again to China has develop into controversial lately, with some specialists arguing that the animal’s inhabitants within the nation has stabilized sufficient that host nations ought to now not be required to ship cubs again.
Mace cited China’s file on human rights as a purpose for the transfer.
Animal keeper Nicole MacCorkle holds Bei Bei, the Nationwide Zoo's latest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. (AP Picture/Andrew Harnik)
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“The Chinese language Communist Get together can be an oppressive and odious regime, chargeable for disasters starting from the bloodbath at Tiananmen Sq. to the COVID-19 fiasco from the Wuhan lab and the continued genocide towards the Uyghurs,” Mace mentioned.
Solely three zoos within the U.S. at present host large pandas on mortgage from China: the Nationwide Zoo, Zoo Atlanta and the Memphis Zoo.