News Brief (E322, 10 July, 2009)
Hanoi - Long An - Dac Lac: Series of illegal wildlife transportation cases uncovered
On July 2nd, 2009 in Hanoi, a person was found to have been illegally transporting three king cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah). In a separate case in Long An on July 3rd, 2009 police discovered a man transporting 334 kg of turtles, 97 kg of snakes and 13 kg of monitor lizards (Varanus sp.) without legal permits. Lastly, in Dac Lac, the Environment Police recently seized four pangolins, nine yellow - headed temple turtles (Hieremys annandalii), one Vietnamese pond turtle (Mauremys annamensis), 14 kg of monitor lizards (Varanus sp.), and 28.5 kg of snakes in Buon Ma Thuot city.
Thanh Hoa: Nearly 200 million VND in fines for illegal wildlife business
The Thanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee recently gave a fine of 140 million VND to a person for illegally transporting 110 hill mynas (Gracula religiosa), and nearly 60 million VND to another for transporting 18 kg of masked palm civets (Paguma larvata) and 54 kg of brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus macrourus) through the province.
Khanh Hoa: Prison sentences for killing langurs
On July 2nd, 2009 the People’s Court in Ninh Hoa District sentenced two men to four years and six months in prison for killing two black-shanked douc langurs,(Pygathrix nigripes) on January 20th, 2009 in Hon Heo Forest. The men were found to be in direct violation of rules relating to the protection of rare wild animals. On June 19th, 2009, another three were sentenced to nine years and nine months imprisonment for having killed five black-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes) on March 9th, 2009 in the Hon Ba Nature Reserve.
Quang Nam: A herd of langurs found in forest
On July 2nd 2009, a group of 30 grey-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus cinerea) was sighted in the protected forest of Phu Ninh .Local authorities have reported the development of plans to protect the endangered grey-shanked douc langurs.
Binh Phuoc: Loggers receive prison sentence for attacking rangers
On July 2nd, 2009 the People’s Court of Phuoc Long District in Binh Phuoc province sentenced seven people to a total of 23 years in jail for attacking and injuring the forest rangers of Bu Gia Map National Park on April 9th, 2009.
T-shirts with wildlife protection message launch
Tonight (July 10th, 2009) at 84 Hang Dieu, ENV, in cooperation with Boo Skate Shops and the London Centre for Fashion Studies (LCFS) - Hanoi, will launch a range of special t-shirts. The t-shirts were designed to convey the message about the importance of protecting Vietnam’s endangered species of wildlife. The designs by the LCFS students highlight many of the threats to Vietnam’s wildlife such as hunting, wildlife trade, and the illegal bear bile industry.
Boo Skate Shops will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of every t-shirt to ENV to help save Vietnam’s wildlife and raise awareness about this critical issue. ENV hope people will wear these t-shirts and help spread the message.
Make the commitments to protect Vietnam’s bears online
“Committing to protecting bears online” is one of the exciting new sections on the latest version of our Vietnamese website http://www.thiennhien.org. When accessing our website, the visitors have the opportunity to participate in protecting Vietnam’s bears by making a pledge not to use bear products. ENV hope to receive more online commitments to protect Vietnam’s endangered bears.
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Join ENV’s Facebook Group
The ENV team regularly updates our facebook group with wildlife crime news, interesting cases and information about our other work. Click on this link to join our group and help save Vietnam’s wildlife: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47162312016
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)