News Brief (E423, June 30, 2011)
Binh Duong: Indochinese tiger handed over to museum
According to the Labor online newspaper, on June 23, Binh Duong Forest Protection Department (FPD), in coordination with provincial authorities, handed over a dead Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti), weighing 156.5 kg, and tiger leather to Binh Duong’s museum. The tiger and leather will be of assistance to the museum for scientific research and also conservation education for visitors to the museum.
The tiger evidence was confiscated from Thanh Canh tourist park of Huynh Van Hai in Binh Duong province. An investigation was carried out and the case was judged in March 2011. Huynh Van Hai and several others were given sentences ranging from 18 months’ probation to 36 months in prison for their involvement in the selling of five tigers from the tourist park between 2003 and 2006 (reported in ENV’s Weekly News Bulletin E409)
Ha Noi: Poisoning caused through use of rhino horn
According to VnExpress online newspaper, a woman in Hanoi paid a large amount of money to buy rhino horn to treat mouth rash she had. However, after two days of using the mixture she developed erythema of the face, itching, burning and also a fever.
The woman subsequently visited the Clinic of Asthma and Allergies - Autoimmune Center Allergy - Clinical Immunology Bach Mai Hospital where her condition was diagnosed as poisoning due to allergies associated with the use of rhino horn.
Dr. Nguyen Huu Truong of the Center for Clinical Immunology, Bach Mai Hospital, said there is no evidence to support the medicinal use of rhino horn. In addition, the composition of the mixture is quite complex with a variety of active ingredients that can cause adverse reactions such as allergy and toxicity in people. It is recommended that people be very cautious about using rhino horn and instead seek the advice of a doctor for treatment of their illness.
Bac Kan: Restaurant blatantly sold wildlife products
Recently, The Mien restaurant located in Bac Kan province where people can buy wildlife products from rare animals, such as bear, king cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah), pangolin (Manis sp.), monitor lizard (Varanus sp.) and serow (Capricornis sumatraensis) received a fine by the local authorities.
The restaurant in question sells large quantities of wildlife wine as well as glue made from wild animals. After many years of blatant operation, the restaurant has received an administrative fine and a ban on the display of wild animals. All evidence was confiscated from the restaurant.
Ninh Thuan: Gaur destroyed crops
Thanhnien online newspaper reported, on June 27, that according to a ranger from Phuoc Binh National Park, Ninh Thuan province, a missing gaur (Bos gaurus) appeared near Cai river. The gaur was bold and not afraid of being approached by people. Authorities are in the process of implementing measures to protect the gaur.
Environmental benefits from the products of biodegradable polymers
Materials made from biodegradable polymers are an important measure in reducing the amount of solid waste polymers that persist in the environment. According to the Deputy Director of the Institute of Chemical Industry of Vietnam, author of "Research, manufacturing and materials applications of biodegradable polymers" and recipient of the RIBA Awards for scientific creativity Vietnam 2009, in each of the 3 stages of decomposition the biodegradable polymers can be used to make different products. These products have uses in day to day living as well as for agricultural and medical purposes. The products made using biodegradable polymers decompose more easily and are therefore better for the environment.
Nguyen Bich Ngoc
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
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www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)