News Brief (E325, 31 July, 2009)
Hai Phong: 511kg of elephant tusks found at the sea port
On July 28th, 2009 Hai Phong Customs in cooperation with Hai Phong Police uncovered 511kg of elephant tusks hidden inside a container that arrived from Kenya on the 29th of April.
Bac Kạn: 40 dried langurs illegally transported
On July 28th, 2009 the market control team of Bach Thong District discovered over 40 dried langurs when they opened a sealed consignment of goods. The box had been transported from Nghe An province to Bac Kan town.
Cao Bang: 30 macaque skeletons seized at bus stop
On July 24th, 2009 the Environmental and Traffic Police confiscated 30 macaque skeletons in a joint operation. The skeletons had been illegally transported by bus when they were found at the bus stop of Cao Bang town. The skeletons were later transferred to the Forest Protection Department.
Binh Dinh: A subject prosecuted for illegally keeping wildlife
On July 27th, 2009 an individual living in Hoai Tan commune, Hoai Nhon District was prosecuted by police after being caught illegally keeping frozen wildlife including four grey-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus cinerea), four leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) and 34 kg of Assamese macaques (Macaca assamensis).
Binh Duong: Wastewater storage pond breaks leaking over 230,000 m3 of polluted water into the Thi Thinh River
On July 25th, 2009 over 230,000m3 of untreated wastewater flowed into the Thi Tinh River in Ben Cat District after a wastewater storage pond of the San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam company broke.
Wildlife product advertisement on six websites removed
In July, the wildlife products advertisements on six Vietnamese websites were removed after discussions with the website administrators. More importantly, the administrators agreed to ban any future wildlife advertising on their websites. The violations were initially reported by a member of ENV’s growing national wildlife protection volunteer network.
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 visitors have the opportunity to participate in protecting Vietnam’s bears by making a pledge not to use bear products.
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Nguyen Thi My Dung
Education for Nature - Vietnam
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PO Box 222
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