News Brief (E422, June 23, 2011)
Binh Phuoc: Seizure of 76 wild animals
According to VnExpress online newspaper, on June 18, Binh Phuoc’s Environment Police, in cooperation with provincial Forest Protection Department (FPD), investigated a restaurant at Bu Gia Map district where they discovered a large amount of wildlife. The findings included 8 bamboo rats, 2 monitor lizards (Varanus sp) alive in a cage, 9 civets, 57 dead mouse-deer and 50 kg of frozen sambar deer (Cervus unicolor). The authorities temporarily suspended all trading activities of this restaurant.
The provincial police transferred the case to FPD for further investigation and clarification.
Risk of disease from trading wildlife
On June 20, a conference on Veterinary Management of Wild Animals was held at Cuc Phuong National Park (NP), Ninh Binh province. Information from the conference should be a warning for those who consume and/or trade in wildlife. A veterinarian stated, "Approximately 70% of infectious diseases affecting humans are derived from wildlife, including many dangerous diseases such as HIV / AIDS, SARS, avian influenza, H5N1 and parasites that can cause brain and lung disease.
Wildlife is an implicit threat to the health of humans and pets.
Do not use bear bile or herbal leaves to treat a sprain
Even today many people still think that bear bile is good for reducing pain and removing bruises. However, according to M.Sc. Nguyen Trung Dung, from the Department of Musculoskeletal - Hanoi Medical University (HMU) Hospital, bear bile should not be applied to sprain injuries as heating the area can cause more serious bleeding instead of removing the hematoma. Using bear bile and other hot substances can cause necrosis of the hematoma and even cause muscle atrophy and stiffness later.
CITES proposed to ban use of bear bile extract in massage oil in Vietnam
On June 13, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), proposed a message to recall the massage oil ‘Misa Bear’ from the market as it contains bear bile.
The massage oil is produced by the Quang Minh Mekophar Company. CITES has sent a dispatch to the Vietnam Drug Administration to ban the oil as the company is using bear bile in the oil. The bile is extracted from two species of bears that are the rarest members of the bear family and among the world’s most threatened animals as quoted in CITES Appendix I. Trade, sale and slaughter of the species, or using its products, are subject to strict regulations by ratifying parties, and trade for commercial purposes is banned. CITES has on this basis suggested to pharmaceutical authorities to recall the product from the market.
Lam Dong: Rare red pine found in Bidoup-Nui Ba Nation Park
On June 16, a representative of Bidoup-Nui Ba NP, Lam Dong province said that there is a population of about 150 of the rare red pine tree (taxus wallichiana zucc) with an average height of 20 meters and a diameter of 50 cm above the root. An area of about 50ha of these trees is distributed in forest areas of Nhim commune, Lac Duong district, about 70 km from Da Lat.
The red pine belongs to group 1A of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare plants forbidden to be exploited or used for commercial purposes.
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)