News Brief (E404, February 18, 2011)
Thanh Hoa: Two fined for illegally transporting wildlife
Two people have been fined a total of 190 million VND for the illegal transportation of wildlife. The Vice Chairman of Thanh Hoa People’s Committee decided to issue administrative fines of 150 million VND to a Thanh Hoa man for the illegal transportation of wildlife which included masked palm civets (Paradoxurus hermaphrodites), brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus macrourus), andother wildlife. In a separate case, a man from Binh Thuan was fined 40 million VND after being caught smuggling four sunda pangolins (Manis javanica).
Quang Binh: Student rescues wild animal from hunters
According to a report from the online newspaper Dan Tri, a student from Hue University recently acquired a red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus nemaeus), which is forbidden to be exploited or used for commercial purposes by law. The student purchased the animal from a group of hunters in order to rescue and transfer it to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (NP).
ENV states that the student’s action unfortunately does not help stop wildlife crime, and might even stimulate wildlife trade activity. This action at first appears to be a simple rescue, but could in fact put other animals at risk. ENV encourages people to raise awareness about wildlife protection by persuading hunters to voluntarily transfer animals to a sanctuary, or to inform authorities about a crime instead of purchasing wild animals.
Rhino horn price matches cocaine
According to the UK’s Daily Mirror, the price of rhino horn now matches the price of cocaine, with rhino horn costing £31,000 ($49,800) per kilo. Illegal rhino poaching, along with habitat loss, has pushed four of the world’s five rhino species including the Indian (Rhinoceros unicornis), Black (Diceros bicornis), Sumatran (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) and Javan (Rhinoceros sondaicus) rhinoceros to the edge of extinction. Rhino horn has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many generations, but scientific studies have proved that it does not have any effect in treating diseases.
Phu Yen: New technology used to trap wild birds
After the Lunar New Year holiday, people from the Mekong Delta returned to Phu Yen province to trap and capture wild birds to sell to local restaurants. Traditional methods are no longer used, and trappers prefer new techniques involving technology, such as cassette players which emit fake bird calls to attract wild birds. Nature reserves in the area are at risk from this form of illegal hunting, while local authorities are doing little to stop the illegal activity.
Nguyen Bich Ngoc
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)