The WWF refutes the heresy of Packham the Pandacide.
You know what gets me about pandas? When relations between China and the rest of the world started thawing in the seventies, Beijing used to spray pandas around as a reward for just paying a visit. That seemed to stop when Deng or someone realised what a valuable resource they were and began to restrict the supply. You don’t get a panda these days just for showing up. It was exactly at this point that visiting heads of state stopped asking for pandas and starting asking for political prisoners. The supply was greater so the goods were cheaper, and you could go home with a gift under your arm.