News Brief (E314, 15 May, 2009)
Kom Tum: Wildlife released and deceased animals incinerated
Four Vietnamese pond turtles (Mauremys annamensi), oneChinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), onecommon rat snake (Ptyas mucosus), one water monitor (Varanus salvator) and one civet(Civet sp.) were recently released in Dak Uy special use forest. Also, three dead civets (Civet sp.) and 16kg of wild pigs were incinerated. All the wild animals had been confiscated in an illegal transportation case in Kon Tum city.
Hai Phong: Restaurant caught with illegal wildlife wine
On May 6th, 2009 the Cay Khe Restaurant on Ton Duc Thang street in Hai Phong city was found to be illegally possessing many jars of wildlife wine. The authorities are urgently working to deal with the case and issue a punishment to the owner of the restaurant.
Vietnam - Laos cooperate to combat wildlife
Vietnam and Laos have agreed to step up cooperation in the fight against illegal wildlife trade along the mutual border. Under the agreement, forest rangers from both countries will increase the number of inspections of goods for export, share information on local wildlife and work together to protect the forests by preventing timber smuggling.
Vinh Phuc: Opening ceremony of semi wild area for bears in Tam Dao National Park
On May 14th, 2009 in Tam Dao National Park, Animals Asia Foundation (AAF), in cooperation with Tam Dao National Park and the National Forest Protection Department held an opening ceremony for the first of their semi wild enclosures for confiscated bears. Maggie Q, a famous Hollywood actress, attended and gave a speech at the ceremony.
Hai Duong: Girl loses two arms from bear bite
A 14-year old girl living in Hai Duong province received severe injuries to both her arms when she was bitten by a bear which her family was keeping in captivity. Many households, like this one, continue to ignore warnings about the dangers of keeping and feeding wildlife.
Training course to develop Vietnam’s next generation of turtle conservationists
The Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in cooperation with the Turtle Conservation Center (TCC) of Cuc Phuong National Park, have held their fifth annual Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training Course for 15 students from universities throughout Vietnam.
Tien Giang: More gibbons, macaques and a python rescued
On May 8th, 2009 the authorities in the southern province of Tien Giang confiscated two yellow-cheeked gibbons (Hylobates gabriellae), one long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis), one pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonine) and a reticulated python (Python reticulates) from a resort in Chau Thanh District where the animals were being illegally kept and displayed for tourists. All the animals were saved thanks to a foreign tourist reporting the crimes to the ENV Wildlife Crime Hotline. The gibbons have been placed at Cu Chi Rescue Center in Ho Chi Minh City. The macaques and python were transferred to and released at Dong Thap Muoi Nature Reserve in Tien Giang.
Lam Dong: Restaurants fined due to wildlife protection law violations
The Forest Protection Bureau in Da Lat city recently gave a total fine of four million VND to the owner of Do Quyen Quan restaurant and the owner of Tuyet Mai store in Dat Lat city for violations against the wildlife protection laws. Do Quyen Quan restaurant had been keeping a king cobra wine jar, whilst the Tuyet Mai store had been keeping a stuffed leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and a stuffed masked palm civet (Paguma larvata) without legal permits. The information about the crime was discovered by an ENV officer on a trip to Dat Lat city to survey the illegal wildlife trade in the city and, was subsequently reported to local authorities for further investigation.
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