News Brief (E303, 20 February, 2009)
Ha Noi - Ninh Binh: Tiger trade network uncovered
On February 18, 2009 Dong Da District Police, in cooperation with Ha Noi Forest Protection Department, caught a man illegally transporting the body parts of a frozen rare Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti). Initial investigations have uncovered a network of illegal trade in tigers and tiger bones from Ninh Binh to Ha Noi. The case has been transferred to Dong Da District Police for further investigation.
An Giang: 500kg of pythons confiscated
A team from An Giang Provincial Market Control Department recently confiscated 500kg of pythons that were being transported without legal permits. The incident is still being investigated for more information.
Kien Giang: 100kg of rare wildlife released back to the wild
Kien Giang Provincial Forest Protection Department recently released over 100kg of a variety of species of snakes and civets to protected forest in Hon Dat District. The wild animals were confiscated from an illegal wildlife trader.
Da Nang: Illegal timber confiscated
On February 11th, 2009 Hoa Vang District’s Forest Protection Unit caught the drivers of four cars illegally transporting over 9m3 of timber. The evidence has been confiscated for further investigation.
Binh Dinh: Commune Chairman dismissed
An Lao District People’s Committee has dismissed the An Hoa Commune Chairman for land law violations including clearing of 35,034m2 of forest for agricultural use. .
Night-spotting popular in Cat Tien National Park
Cat Tien National Park is one place tourists in Vietnam can experience seeing active wild animals at night. Night-spotting is the most popular of the 12 tours offered in Cat Tien National Park.
Thanh Hoa: Restaurant found to have been illegally keeping a silver pheasant
On February 15th, 2009 on route to their mission in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An the ENV Mobile Education Unit found a restaurant in Cam Thuy District keeping a silver pheasant (Lophura nycthemera) without a legal permit. The ENV team immediately passed this information onto Cam Thuy District’s Forest Protection Unit. Within a few days the silver pheasant was released to Pu Luong Nature Reserve and the restaurant’s owner was fined 150,000 VND.
Bear news on TV
The Bear awareness news program will be aired on VTV2 channel next week.
4:00pm Monday 23rd Feb 2009
11:00am Tuesday 24th Feb 2009
6:00pm Wednesday 25th Feb 2009
Please see and enjoy the news.
Please note: Past bulletins can be found on ENV's website www.envietnam.org
Nguyen Thi My Dung
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)