News Brief (E312, 24 April, 2009)
Khanh Hoa: Rangers fined for illegally transporting wildlife
On April 15th, 2009 the Khanh Son District Forest Protection Bureau announced that two rangers from the Provincial FPD have been fined nearly two million VND. The rangers had been caught transporting two impressed tortoises (Manouria impressa) and two bamboo rats without legal permits.
Khanh Hoa: News video on Langur case
The Khanh Hoa Provincial Police arrested three men for killing five black-shanked douc langurs in Hon Ba Nature Reserve in March, 2009. The news about the crime recently aired on national television. Check out the link below to view the news clip on YouTube. The news segment is only available in Vietnamese but the film is visually disturbing:
Malaysia wildlife officers nab three Vietnamese hunters
Malaysian wildlife crime officers have announced the arrest of three Vietnamese young men for poaching protected species of birds. The evidence seized included 400 black-crowned night heron (Nycticoraqx nycticorax) eggs and chicks. The violators could face fines of around $2000 and up to six years in jail.
Quang Nam: Large quantity of timber confiscated
On the 16th and 17th of April, 2009 mobile forest rangers from the Nam Giang District Forest Protection Bureau raided three carpenters’ shops. The forest rangers found 31m3 of illegal timber which they confiscated for further investigation.
Hanoi: Sanitation workers stopped from dumping rubbish
Hundreds of local people in Son Tay City and Ba Vi District have prevented sanitation workers from dumping waste at the Xuan Son dumping ground and the Son Tay waste treatment factory to protest about environmental pollution in the area.
Earth Day Anniversary
On April 22nd, the world celebrated Earth Day, which is a day that is designed to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment. It was founded by a U.S Senator in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries each year.
National report focuses on craft villages’ environment
A 2008 National Environmental Report focusing on the environmental conditions in Vietnamese craft villages was recently published. The report examined the villages’ development, the serious pollution effects of these villages and actions to deal with this pollution.
More wildlife back to the wild
In Lam Dong rangers recently seized 1.4kg of porcupines and one leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) that were illegally being kept at Thien Huong restaurant in Da Lat city. The restaurant’s owner was fined over one million VND. Information about this crime was passed on to the rangers by ENV field officers in cooperation with the students of Da Lat University. Meanwhile in Da Nang, one pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonine) was released to Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve after it was rescued from being illegally kept at a café in Hai Chau District. This case resulted from a hotline call from a foreigner working in southern Vietnam.
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