News Brief (E419, June 02, 2011)
Dak Nong: Seizure of rare, endangered wildlife
According to the Thiennhien.net online newspaper, three wild animals including a northern white-cheeked gibbon (Hylobates concolor leucogennys), a stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides) and a pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonine) were released back into the wild by the Forest Protection Department (FPD) of Dak Nong province. The wild animals had been kept at a local residence for many years before being seized by the authorities. The owner received an administrative fine.
The northern white-cheeked gibbon belongs to group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be exploited or used for commercial purposes. The stump-tailed macaque and pig-tailed macaque belong to group IIB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals restricted to be exploited or used for commercial purposes.
Quang Ngai: 45kg of cobras found on train
On May 27, security staff at Quang Ngai station found four see-through cloth bags, containing 45kg of king cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah) and Chinese cobras (Naja atra), hidden under a seat on a train travelling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. After the discovery was made, panic broke out and passengers fled the carriage allowing the smuggler to escape in the ensuing chaos. Officers handed the snakes over to Quang Ngai province FPD for release into the wild.
The king cobra belongs to group IB, and the Chinese cobra belongs to group IIB of Decree 32/ND-CP.
Central highlands: Wild meats blatantly sold
According to the Thiennhien.net online newspaper, wild meats are still being blatantly sold on the streets as well as in the restaurants of Gia Lai, Kon Tum province. This is despite the fact that the authorities are inspecting premises, punishing violators and at the same time trying to raise public awareness and encourage people to say no to eating wild animals. Some restaurants are even blatantly advertising wild meats on their sign boards without any obstruction from the authorities.
Nghe An: Man killed by elephant
The Dantri online newspaper reported that on May 27, a wild elephant attacked and killed a man in Anh Son district, Nghe An province. Three of the people who survived the attack said that after hearing some noise, four of the people, including the victim, went to check on the noise and the elephant suddenly attacked them. The victim could not escape and was killed.
According to the local authorities, this particular wild elephant belonged to a group of elephants in which one of the group was killed on March 26 (reported in ENV’s Weekly News Bulletin E410).
World Environment Day 2011
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated annually on 5 June through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). WED has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness on the environment and ecosystem protection.
This year WED will focus on the importance of the world's forests for the integrity of creation and the survival of humankind. India will be the global host of WED 2011 and the theme will be ’Forests: Nature at Your Service’. The theme underscores the intrinsic link between the quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems. In addition, the theme supports this year's UN International Year of Forests.
Responding to WED and the UN International Year of Forests, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam, in cooperation with other agencies, is organizing a celebration for WED that will include a workshop and exhibition on forest issues in Bac Kan northern province.
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)