Education for Nature Vietnam
News Brief (E298, 9 January, 2009)
Ha Noi: Two king cobras confiscated
On January 2nd, 2009 the Hanoi Environmental Police caught two subjects illegally transporting two king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) with the total weight of 17kg. The incident is being investigating for further information.
Thanh Hoa: Man fined over 230 million VND for illegally transporting snakes
On January 6th, 2009 the Provincial People’s Committee decided to fine a man 234,477,000 VND for transporting 821kg of snakes without legal permits.
Large amount of illegal timber discovered
In Phu Yen, a man was recently caught illegally transporting 3.08m3 of rare timber. The Phu Yen Forest Protection Department fined the man 17 million VND and confiscated the evidence. In a separate case in Gia Lai on January 6th, 2009 the Provincial Mobile Ranger Unit caught the driver of a car that was illegally transporting 0.703m3 of timber.
Dac Lac: Rangers heavily injured in attacks by loggers
On January 2nd, 2009 ten loggers who were caught illegally transporting timber turned on and attacked the six member inspection team from Buon Ja Wam State Forest Enterprise. One ranger was severely injured in the attack.
Ho Chi Minh: Hundreds of toxic waste tanks confiscated
On January 6th, 2009 the Environmental Police caught two companies illegally trading 500 tanks of toxic waste in Thu Duc District. The evidence was confiscated for further investigation.
Hai Phong: Waste treatment business operations suspended
On January 6th, 2009 the Hai Phong Police decided to suspend the operations of the Dai Hiep Co-operative, which specializes in collecting and treating waste, for violating environment protection laws. According to statements given by the Chairman of Dai Hiep Co-operative, his workers collected over a ton of toxic industrial waste per day, and then sorted it to sell to other waste businesses and the remaining waste was burned.
Thanh Hoa: Grants given to districts to buy waste transportation trucks
The Thanh Hoa People’s Committee has allocated 2.49 billion VND to assist districts in the procurement of waste transportation trucks.
Wildlife rescued in Hanoi
On January 7th, 2009, thanks to a report from a member of the public to ENV’s wildlife crime hotline, the Hanoi Environmental Police, in cooperation with the relevant local agencies caught a pet trader illegally trading a leopard cat in a temporary market. The subject was confiscated and the leopard cat was transferred to Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Center. On the same day, a loris, which had been handed over to ENV by a foreigner on January 5th, 2009, was successfully transferred to the Endangered Primate Rescue Center in Cuc Phuong National Park.
Please note: Past bulletins can be found on ENV's website www.envietnam.org
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