News Brief (E339, 6 Nov, 2009)
Hanoi: Cache of king cobras confiscated
On October 31st, 2009 the Hoan Kiem District Police confiscated 12 king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) concealed in five cotton boxes inside a taxi that had stopped in front of a private residence on Tran Nhat Duat street. The cobras have been transferred to the Soc Son Rescue Center and the subject is being held in temporary custody.
Thanh Hoa: Man fined for illegally transporting pangolins
The Thanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee recently issued a total fine of almost 300 million VND to a man for illegally transporting 226.6kg of pangolins through the province.
Quang Binh: Seven people sentenced to prison for organizing blockade
On November 4th, 2009 the People’s Committee in Bo Trach district of Quang Binh province sentenced seven subjects to a total imprisonment of 43 months for organizing a blockade. The subjects had mobilized hundreds of local people in helping them blockade local forest rangers in order to snatch timber that had been seized in an illegal logging case.
New film on Ha Long bear issue
A new film highlighting the bear issue in Ha Long City of Quang Ninh province has been completed following cooperation between ENV and Vietnam National Television. The twelve-minute film focuses on the issue of bear farming in Ha Long, which has negatively affected the image of Ha Long, a World Natural Heritage site. The film will be sent to key government decision-makers in the National Assembly, relevant Ministries, and provincial leaders to urge stricter action over the issue.
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