News Brief (E324, 24 July, 2009)
Yen Bai: Bear illegally kept at private house uncovered
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), in collaboration with the Yen Bai Provincial Forest Protection Department (FPD), recently found the owner of a private house in Yen Bai province keeping an unregistered bear. On July 23rd, 2009 the Yen Bai FPD issued their decision to confiscate the bear and gave the owner a fine of 10 million VND.
Ho Chi Minh: 200 tockays discovered being illegally transported
A man was recently apprehended for illegally transporting 200 tockays (Gekko gecko) from Tay Ninh province to Ho Chi Minh City by authorities in Cu Chi District. The tockays were then transferred to the Cu Chi FPD.
Yen Bai: Snakes and turtles confiscated
On July 15th, 2009 the Yen Bai Provincial Environmental Police inspected two residential homes in Luc Yen District and confiscated over 20kg of wildlife, including 10.9kg of snakes and 9.3kg of turtles.
Dak Lak: Government number plate used to illegally transport timber
On July 20th, 2009 the ranger team in Yok Don National Park stopped a car and found that the driver was using a government number plate to transport 1.5 cubic meters of timber without legal permits. The case is still undergoing investigation.
Nghe An: Beer factory fined for polluting the environment
On July 21st, 2009 the Nghe An People’s Committee issued a fine of 33 million VND to the Sai Gon-Nghe Tinh Beer Factory for dumping untreated waste water into the environment. The dumping has had serious consequences, affecting the lives and environment of hundreds of residents in Truong Thi ward of Vinh city.
Hanoi: International Summer Camp 2009 opens
On July 18th, 2009 at Bach Thao Park, the voluntary organization for Community Development and Environment Education under the management of the Vietnam Nature and Environment Protection Society hosted the opening ceremony for the International Summer Camp 2009. The camp will conduct and promote voluntary activities aimed at protecting the environment. The program will end on August 14th, 2009.
Ha Long Bay enters final round of ‘wonder’ voting
According to the NewOpenWorld Foundation’s website, on July 21st, 2009, Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay is among the top 28 nominees to advance to the final stage of a campaign where voters decide on the world’s seven natural wonders (see http://www.new7wonders.com).
Quang Nam: A macaque saved from captivity
On July 22nd, 2009 the Quang Nam FPD inspected the Phu Ninh Ecological Tourism Resort and confiscated a stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides). The macaque was saved after the FPD received a tip-off from a foreign volunteer via the ENV Wildlife Crime Hotline. The macaque was then released at the Song Thanh Nature Reserve.
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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Nguyen Thi My Dung
Education for Nature - Vietnam
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PO Box 222
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