News Brief (E333, 25 Sep, 2009)
Hanoi - Nghe An: More illegal wildlife transportation cases
On September 20th, 2009 the Hanoi Waterway Traffic Police apprehended a person transporting 66kg of snakes, including 16kg of king cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah), without a permit. In another incident, on September 17th, 2009 the Nghe An Traffic Police stopped a driver of a car trafficking about 120kg of macaques, wild pigs, monitor lizards and snakes in Vinh City.
Binh Thuan: Rare turtle butchered for meat
Inspectors in southern Binh Thuan province recently found a 35 year-old hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate) being slaughtered for sale at the Cau Ke market.
Hanoi: 26,000 signatures collected to support the saola
On September 22nd, 2009 the Vietnam Forest Protection Department received 26,000 signatures collected in 120 countries by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to support the conservation of the endangered saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis).
Phu Yen - Kon Tum: Wildlife releases
On September 24th, 2009 the authorities in Phu Yen province released an old green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) into the Tuy Hoa City sea. The turtle was voluntarily handed over to provincial authorities by a resident. In Kon Tum province, six turtles (unidentified) and a stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides), that had been seized in an illegal transportation case, were freed at the Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve.
Lam Dong: Three forestry officers arrested
On September 23rd, 2009 three forestry officers were taken into custody for illegally transporting rare timber. The trio worked for the Loc Bac Forestry Company in the Bao Lam District of Lam Dong province.
Binh Duong: Toxic waste case
On September 24th, 2009 police discovered nearly ten tons of toxic waste at the Nam Dong Limited Company in Binh Duong province. The case continues to be investigated.
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