News Brief (E329, 28 August, 2009)
Hai Phong: Another ivory smuggling case uncovered at port
On August 21st, 2009 Hai Phong customs officers uncovered two tons of elephant tusks hidden in a container that had been illegally transported by ship. The Vinashin Mariner arrived at Hai Phong port from Tanzania on August 19th, 2009. In March and July 2009, Hai Phong customs officers confiscated over six tons of elephant tusks being illegally transported from Africa.
Hai Phong: Large number of pangolin scales and tortoise shells found
On August 24th, 2009 Hai Phong customs officers discovered a large number of pangolin scales and tortoise shells in two containers without legal permits. The goods, estimated at being over 4 tons, had been transported on the Kota-Ria, which arrived from Indonesia at Hai Phong port on August 21st, 2009.
Quang Ninh: Over one ton of turtles confiscated
On August 22nd, 2009 the Quang Ninh Traffic Police stopped a driver of a truck illegally transporting 190kg of turtles. On the previous day, the Traffic Police confiscated over a ton of turtles in a separate incident in the Tien Yen District of the province.
Thanh Hoa: Man prosecuted for smuggling ivory
On August 24th, 2009 the Thanh Hoa Police prosecuted a man for violating wildlife protection laws. The man had been found illegally transporting 17 elephant tusks with a total weight of 94kg, in the Thuong Xuan District of Thanh Hoa province.
Ho Chi Minh: Subject sentenced to imprisonment for transporting rhino horns
On August 25th, 2009 the Ho Chi Minh People’s Court sentenced a man to over one year in prison for illegally transporting goods into the country. The man was arrested at Tan Son Nhat airport for importing five rhino horns from South Africa to Vietnam on January 3rd, 2008.
Khanh Hoa: Restaurant found illegally keeping wildlife
On August 21st, 2009 the Khanh Hoa Province Environmental Police discovered the owner of the Nha Trang Food restaurant illegally keeping a large cache of wildlife. Nine small Indian civets (Viverricula indica), four monitor lizards (Varanus sp.) and 3.4kg of snakes were found alive, while a king cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah), 16 civets and three brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus macrourus) were found dead.
Mobile Bear Exhibition at Ho Tay Water Park
On the 21st and 23rd of August, ENV Education staff conducted a bear exhibition with the theme: ‘Bring peace to Vietnam’s bears’ at the Ho Tay Water Park. The purpose of the event was to encourage visitors to the park to sign a commitment saying ‘No’ to the use of bear bile or bear products. Over the two days, 1,415 people committed to protecting Vietnam’s bears, bringing the total of bear protection commitments to 10,894 since the beginning of 2009.
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