News Brief (E316, 29 May, 2009)
Hanoi - Tuyen Quang: More cases of illegal king cobra transportation
On May 22nd, 2009, Police from Dong Da District in Hanoi caught two subjects illegally transporting five king cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah), and on May 27th the Hanoi Environment Police confiscated four king cobras that were being illegally transported on Truong Chinh Street. All these king cobras had been transported to Hanoi from Thanh Hoa province. Meanwhile, in Tuyen Quang another 85 kg of king cobras were discovered being transported without legal permits and confiscated.
Khanh Hoa: Poaching of endangered primates continues
Authorities recently uncovered a series of cases of black-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes) being poached in Khanh Hoa province. In 2009, three cases have been discovered which involved the killing of 12 black-shanked douc langurs, and on the 23rd of May two men were prosecuted for killing two of the black-shanked douc langurs in January 2009.
Bac Ninh: Restaurant fined for keeping illegal wildlife
On May 20th, 2009 three monitor lizards (Varanus sp.), seven common palm civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and eight brush-tailed porcupines were found being kept illegally at Thuy Linh restaurant in Bac Ninh city. All the animals were transferred to Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre. The owner of the restaurant has been fined 19 million VND.
Dong Nai - Hue: Wildlife released
On May 22nd, 2009 fourteen long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) and two water monitors (Varanus salvator) were released to Chua Chan forest in Xuan Loc District in Dong Nai province. In Hue, two stump-tailed macaques (Macaca arctoides) recently were released in Bach Ma National Park.
Vietnam’s commercial wildlife farms threaten Asia’s species
Commercial wildlife farms are not alleviating pressure on wild populations as claimed by proponents, but exacerbating the problem according to a new report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Vietnam’s Forest Protection Department.
UNESCO recognizes two sites in Vietnam as world biosphere reserves
On May 26th, 2009 at the 21st session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) of UNESCO on Jeju Island in South Korea, the Vietnamese sites of Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands) and Mui Ca Mau (Ca Mau Cape) were officially recognized as world biosphere reserves.
Da Nang: Wild pig meat sold in market
In late March 2009, ENV’s hotline received a call from a member of ENV’s Wildlife Protection Volunteer Network reporting that a man had been selling wild pig meat at Hoa Khanh market in Da Nang city. ENV's Wildlife Crime Unit worked closely with the market’s management to deal with the case. The market’s management team informed the man he was not permitted to sell wild pig meat and subsequent monitoring by volunteers has indicated the man has complied and wild pig meat is no longer for sale at the market.
Hanoi: Loris voluntarily handed over to ENV
On May 28th, 2009 a man who is employed at the Institute of Irrigational Science voluntarily handed over a loris to staff at ENV’s office. On the same day, ENV transferred the loris to the Primate Rescue Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park.
Wildlife identification handbook released
On May 26th, 2009 the book titled “A Pictorial Guide for Quick Identification of Some Wild Animals Protected by Vietnamese Law and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)”, was published by Vietnam’s Forest Protection Department in collaboration with the international wildlife trade monitoring network (TRAFFIC).
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