News Brief (E330, 4 Sep, 2009)
Binh Phuoc: Large number of wild animals found in home
On August 28th, 2009 forest rangers in Bu Gia Map National Park found a man illegally transporting two black-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes), a pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonine) and a long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis). The trader’s house was later inspected, uncovering even more wildlife. Some animals, including a crested argus (Rheinarctia ocellata), four wild pigs (Sus scrofa), and a small Indian civet (Viverricula indica) were found alive and others, including two black-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes) and a pygmy loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus), were found frozen.
Dac Nong: Wildlife kept at business
On August 30th, 2009 Police, in cooperation with Forest Protection Department in the Dak R’ Lap district of Dac Nong province, apprehended the owner of a business found to be keeping five langurs, six macaques, two wild pigs (Sus scrofa) and hundreds of other wild animals without legal permits. The incident is being investigated for more information.
Soc Trang: Companies fined over 100 million VND for polluting the environment
The People’s Committee in Soc Trang province recently issued an administrative fine of 111,800,000 VND to two fisheries processing companies for dumping sub-standard waste water into the environment.
Quang Nam: Hoi An town’s ’Day without plastic bags’
The ancient town and world heritage site of Hoi An will host a ’Day without plastic bags - Nature Day‘ for the first time on September 9th, 2009. The event is a joint initiative of the Centre for Support of Combating Climate Change and the Science and Life newspaper.
Macaques and pythons released into national park
On August 29th, 2009 the coastal forest rangers in Sam Son town of Thanh Hoa province released a stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides), a Assamese macaque (Macaca assamensis), a pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonine) and a Burmese python (Python molurus) into Ben En National Park. All the animals had been rescued from the Thai Binh Duong Hotel in Sam Son town. The hotel owner was fined 3,650,000 VND.
Information about the crime was reported to the ENV hotline thanks to a member of ENV’s National Wildlife Protection Volunteer Network. ENV cooperated with the relevant authorities to deal with the case.
Documentary on ecotourism in Pu Luong to be aired
A documentary on ecotourism at the Pu Luong Nature Reserve in Nghe An province made by VTV2 will be broadcast on September 9th, 2009 at 5.30p.m. This documentary is part of an effort by VTV to promote ecotourism potential in Vietnam. Please watch and enjoy the program.
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