News Brief (E326, 7 August, 2009)
Hoa Binh: King cobras and turtles discovered being illegally transported on buses
Six king cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah) and 33 turtles were recently seized by agencies of the northern province of Hoa Binh. The animals were being illegally transported on two buses on the way from Hoa Binh province to Hanoi city.
Kien Giang: Bears transferred to the rescue centre
On August 3rd, 2009 Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Centre in Hon Dat District received its first six Asiatic black bears (Selenarctos thibetanus) that were transferred from Cat Tien Wildlife Rescue Centre in Dong Nai province.
Thanh Hoa: Subjects fined over 130 million VND for smuggling forest products
The People’s Committee in the central province of Thanh Hoa recently decided to fine a man approximately 45 million VND for having illegally transporting over 6,000m3 of timber. In a separate case, the provincial authorities issued a 85 million VND fine to a subject who was caught illegally transporting five pangolins (Manis Sp.).
Hanoi - Binh Duong: Companies fined over 200 million VND for polluting the environment
The Chemical Electrical Engineering Enterprise, which is part of the Vietnam Waterways Corporation, has been fined 108 million VND by the Hanoi People’s Committee for violating environmental protection regulations. Meanwhile, in Binh Duong, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment issued 106 million VND in fines to San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam whose wastewater storage pond broke, resulting in the overflow of over 230,000m3 of untreated wastewater into the Thi Tinh River in Ben Cat District.
Hanoi: Bayer Environment Ambassadors Camp 2009
For four days (from 2-5 Aug 2009), at Khoang Xanh Resort in Ba Vi District, the Bayer Environment Ambassadors Camp 2009 was held by the Bayer Vietnam Corporation in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Ministry of Education and Training and Ho Chi Minh City Environment Protection Agency (HEPA).
Mobile Bear Exhibition in Ho Chi Minh city
Last week (from 25 July - 2 August 2009), ENV conducted the mobile bear exhibition at four public places in Ho Chi Minh city (Sai Gon Supermarket, Dam Sen Cultural Park, Tao Dan Park, and Sai Gon Zoo). The exhibition aimed to help the local people develop an understanding about the Vietnam bear species, the threats to the species, and encourage them to sign commitments to say “NO” to the use of bear bile or products made from bears. Over the seven days of the event, 3232 people signed pledges committing to protect Vietnam’s endangered bears.
Python and eagle confiscated and rescued
The Xuan Loc District FPD in Dong Nai province recently rescued a crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela) and a python from a restaurant in Xuan Loc District. The wild animals were later transferred to Cat Tien Wildlife Rescue Centre. The violator was fined nearly three million VND.
The information about the crime was initially discovered by ENV staff on the way to Ho Chi Minh city to conduct the mobile bear exhibition. ENV Wildlife Crime Unit then cooperated with the Xuan Loc District FPD to support the investigation.
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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