A Chinese company in Jiangxi has come under fire after shocking footage circulating online revealed that they had slaughtered a huge whale to serve at the office cafeteria.
The eight-tonne whale was captured on January 5 and butchered by the canteen chefs. Footage of the slaughter circulated on the popular video-sharing platform, Miaopai.
In the video, one chef is shown sharpening his knife while two others are shown attempting to saw off the tale.
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As whales are a protected species in China, local agricultural authorities have announced that they are investigating the case.
"Fishing, trading and transportation is not illegal but it must have the appropriate conditions," a staff member of the Jiangxi Provincial Agriculture Department Fishery Bureau told People's Daily.
[Images via People's Daily]