News Brief (E383, September 17, 2010)
Hanoi: Huge wildlife bone trade network uncovered
On September 15, Hanoi Environmental Police (EP) in conjunction with relevant authorities uncovered a wildlife bone trade network operated by a couple at their home in Hoang Mai district, and confiscated evidence of up to nearly 900kg of animal bone from four different locations. The haul included over 100kg of bone from IB species in which exploitation for trade is strictly prohibited, such as tigers, leopards, stuffed bear head and elephant tusks, and nearly 800kg from other wildlife such as serows, deer and turtles. Authorities also found many wildlife products such as glue, dried bile and dried porcupine stomach.
Earlier on the same day, authorities raided three other locations in Me Linh district, Cau Giay district and Hai Ba Trung district also believed to be part of the network, where around one hundred of the wildlife bones and products were seized. ENV staff were at the Hanoi EP office where they witnessed and photographed officers identifying and categorizing the haul. According to a representative from the Hanoi EP, the network had been under investigation for several months. Six people were arrested in connection to the case which remains under investigation.
(Link to the seizure photos)
Ho Chi Minh City: ‘Saigon Heart’ recipient collected rubbish from rivers for 30 years
On September 9, the ’Saigon Heart‘ prize worth 60 million VND was given to Pham Van Tan, who has voluntarily collected rubbish from rivers for 30 years without receiving any payment. The prize aims to encourage individuals and organizations to contribute actively to environmental protection activities. Another group - ’For a Green and Clean City’ - will be established to call for all citizens, especially office workers and students, to work together to protect the environment.
Tang 60 trieu dong cho nguoi 30 nam lang le vot rac
Ha Giang: Four-eyed turtles discovered on private farm
On September 10, the Ha Giang Forest Protection Department (FPD) discovered five four-eyed turtles (Sacalia quadriocellata) at a private farm owned by a local resident during an inspection. The farm has been breeding four-eyed turtles without registration for years. On September 14, the turtles were released into a river in Ha Giang City and the farm owner was fined 500,000 VND.
Phat hien 5 con rua bon mat quy hiem
Thanh Hoa: Two pangolin traders punished
On September 14, two offenders, one from Quang Binh and the other from Dak Lak province, were given a total administrative fine of 115 million VND by the Thanh Hoa People’s Committee for smuggling seven Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica) weighing a total of 30kg. The animals were seized and the vehicles will be released once the fines have been administered.
Phat 115 trieu dong buon ban DVHD trai phep
Dong Nai: Mixed bag of wildlife confiscated
Dong Nai police recently confiscated wildlife being transported illegally, including a python, three badgers, ten bamboo rats, two King cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah) andseven kg of wild boar meat. On September 13, all the animals were transferred to the local FPD.
Thua Thien-Hue: Fishermen catch seal in lagoon
On September 14, a local couple caught a seal weighing around 30kg in the Tam Giang lagoon, which is now being kept in cage and waiting to be sold. According to local authorities, staff from the Department of Fisheries Resources Protection (DFRP) inspected the couple’s homes and put measures in place to prevent the seal from being sold. This is the first time a seal has been reported in such brackish water in Thua Thien-Hue province. In May, a seal was caught by fishermen in the sea between Quang Binh and Quang Tri province. The seal was later released the by Quang Tri DFRP and the fisherman was fined for attempting to keep it.
Ngu dan lan dau bat duoc hai cau tren pha Tam Giang
Quang Binh: Open wildlife trade in buffer zone of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Disguised as a new teacher to the area, a journalist visited roadside stalls and witnessed the wildlife hunting and trading situation at a commune located in the buffer zone of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. There were several roadside stalls selling wildlife, unusual for such a small commune. The journalist reported seeing a wide range of wildlife for sale, such as macaques, turtles, pythons and snakes, as well as wildlife products, an apparently normal occurrence in the area. The ease of transportation of wildlife out of the area raises questions about the inaction of local rangers. In response, the Head of the local FPD stated that forest and wildlife protection, patrols and control is not only the responsibility of the FPD, but also the responsibility of local authorities and border guards, amongst others.
Quang Binh: San dong vat hoang da o vung rung dem
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