News Brief (E319, 19 June, 2009)
Binh Dinh - Ha Tinh: Wildlife found being kept without permits
On June 11th, 2009 a resident in Hoai Tan commune in Binh Dinh province was found to have been keeping four douc langurs, four leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) and 34 kg of Assamese macaques (Macaca assamensis) without legal permits. Meanwhile, in Ha Tinh province, the owner of Huong Thuy restaurant was recently caught illegally keeping 52 kg of turtles and monitor lizards. He was fined 15 million VND for the offense.
Hanoi: King cobra transferred to rescue centre
On June 15th, 2009 the Hanoi Environment Police transferred a four-kilogram king cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) to Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre. The king cobra had been confiscated when two men in Dong Da District were caught illegally transporting it.
Thanh Hoa: Milk company fined twenty-five million VND for environment violation
The Thanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee recently gave a twenty-five million VND fine to the Lam Son Milk Joint Stock Company for leaking oil into a canal.
Dak Lak: Elephants hunted for hair
The belief that luck will come to people who wear jewelry made from elephant tail hair is threatening domestic and wild elephants in the central highland of Dak Lak province, which is famous for elephant taming.
New ENV Websites Go Live
Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) has launched updated versions of our English and Vietnamese websites: www.envietnam.org and www.thiennhien.org Both sites have new looks and new features designed to actively engage our online audience.
Visitors to the new version of our Vietnamese website have the opportunity to participate in protecting Vietnam’s bears by making a pledge not to use bear products. In 2008, ENV collected over 21 000 signatures from Vietnamese citizens committing not to use bear bile or other products made from bears. Now, people can make the commitment to protect Vietnam’s bears online.
The new English website also highlights the need to protect Vietnam’s bears with the online media gallery featuring ENV’s ‘Bring Peace to Vietnam’s Bears’ exhibit. The media gallery also includes a photo section that will be regularly updated to provide a visual overview of some of ENV’s activities and Vietnam’s wildlife crime cases.
The new websites will offer a searchable library of resources with which users can access up-to-date information about wildlife and environmental issues in Vietnam. Visitors will also be able to watch ENV’s films and television advertisements and, on the Vietnamese site, listen to ENV’s monthly Voice of Vietnam radio programs.
Another new feature of the websites is online wildlife crime reporting. If you see wildlife for sale or being advertised in restaurants or business establishments you can now report it directly to ENV’s wildlife crime unit via our website.
Learn about what we are doing to protect nature and the environment in Vietnam or better yet, join us and get involved!
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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)