News Brief (E327, 14 August, 2009)
Hanoi: More king cobras confiscated
On August 6th, 2009, the illegal transportation of two king cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah) was discovered on Khuc Hao street by the Hanoi Environmental Police and the Ba Dinh District Police. The king cobras were transferred to Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Nghe An: Subject used train to illegally transport wildlife
On August 10th, 2009 at the Vinh railway station, the Vinh city Forest Protection Department (FPD) and the railway management board seized 110kg of wildlife including 31 kg of civets, 7kg of porcupines, 21 kg of brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus macrourus) and 51 kg of Malayan snail-eating turtles (Malayemys subtrijuga) hidden on a goods train on route from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi.
Quang Binh: Forest product trader fined sixty million VND
On August 6th, 2009 the Quang Binh People’s Committee issued a fine of 60 million VND to a man for illegally transporting 7.5 tons of the tree roots from highly protected and endangered flora species.
Hanoi: Prize awarded for tiger saving journey contest
On August 4th, 2009 the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in collaboration with the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC), the Hanoi Union of Students and the Hanoi Youth Union hosted an award ceremony for the contest “Journey to save the tiger”.
Hanoi: Go Green Club celebrates first anniversary
On August 8th, 2009 at Ba Vi National Park, with the support of Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV), the Go Green Club celebrated their first year of activities aimed at protecting Vietnam’s environment.
Macaques and pythons seized in Thanh Hoa and Da Nang
On August 11th, 2009 the People’s Committee in Sam Son Town of Thanh Hoa province gave a decision to confiscate a stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides), two Assamese macaques (Macaca assamensis) and a Burmese python (Python molurus) being kept in Thai Binh Duong Hotel in Sam Son town. The hotel owner was fined 3,650,000 VND. Meanwhile in Da Nang, the Lien Chieu District FPD recently released a Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta ) into Nam Hai Van special use forest after the macaque was illegally kept at Hai Van park in Suoi Luong Ecological Tourist Area.
The information about these crimes was reported to the ENV hotline thanks to a member of ENV’s National Wildlife Protection Volunteer Network and a foreign tourist. ENV cooperated with the relevant authorities to deal with the cases.
Nghe An medicine shop removes bear bile sign
A medicine shop owner in Vinh city in Nghe An province removed a sign advertising bear bile after discussions with ENV case officers advising the owner that advertising the sale of protected species is illegal. This crime was reported to the ENV hotline by a local resident who had heard about the hotline on ENV’s wildlife protection radio segment broadcast on Voice of Vietnam (VOV).
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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