News Brief (E341, 20 Nov, 2009)
Ha Noi: Students promote wildlife protection
Over seven days (10-16 November 2009) in Hanoi, hundreds of university students in orange T-shirts went to popular spots in the capital city to spread the word about the implications of illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade. The campaign was part of WWF and TRAFFIC’s project: “A Matter of Attitude - Reducing Consumption of Wildlife Products”.
Bac Lieu: Snakes released into the wild
The Bac Lieu Forest Protection Department released 63kg snakes into the Bac Lieu Bird Garden. The snakes were discovered on November 13th, 2009 being transported illegally from Ca Mau province to Ho Chi Minh City for consumption.
Mobile Bear Exhibition and wildlife protection campaign in Central provinces
For two weeks in November (10-19 Nov 2009), ENV’s Mobile Education Team conducted a wildlife protection campaign in Ha Tinh and Nghe An. In Ha Tinh, ENV educators, in cooperation with the Ha Tinh market, held a mobile bear exhibition. The team also gave a wildlife trade talk to 300 students at the Ha Tinh University. Volunteer students from the university then joined the team to conduct a wildlife trade survey in Ha Tinh City. The mobile team continued on to Vinh City in Nghe An province where they held another bear exhibition at Ho Chi Minh Square. The exhibits garnered wide support from the public, with 2970 people making commitments to say “NO” to the use of bear bile or products made from bears.
Bear turned over to national park
On November 17th, 2009 a vocational centre in Dong Nai province voluntarily handed over a registered bear to the Nam Cat Tien National Park. The handover was initiated by a local resident who had discovered the centre keeping the bear, four gibbons and four peafowls and informed ENV’s hotline. ENV worked with the Dong Nai FPD to deal with the case. After discussions with the centre, the owner voluntarily turned over the wildlife, with the bear now residing at the national park and the gibbons and peafowls awaiting transfer.
Tiger protection message spreads
On November 16th, 2009 a tiger protection message was posted on a well-known and widely-read website http://vnexpress.net in the Law section. This is one of ENV’s activities aiming at to protect the endangered tigers. Since early September 8th, 2009 when we first launched viral advertisement in forums and mailing lists, there have been 1113 visitors watching tiger film and 524 people visiting tiger gallery on ENV’s Vietnamese website so far. ENV hope more Vietnamese people will take an interest in this issue and provide a helping hand to protect the endangered tigers.
LINK to tiger film: http://thiennhien.org/index.php?page=documentView&parent=172&id=113
LINK to tiger gallery:
Stay up to date with ENV on Facebook
Join ENV’s Facebook Group
The ENV team regularly updates our facebook group with wildlife crime news, interesting cases and information about our other work. Click on this link to join our group and help save Vietnam’s wildlife: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47162312016
Nguyen Thi My Dung
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)