News Brief (E425, July 14, 2011)
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Quang Ninh: Pangolins illegally transported in car
According to An ninh Thu do online newspaper, on July 8, Quang Ninh police stopped a car and discovered a sack containing 83 Chinese pangolins (Manis pentadactyla) weighing a total of 424 kg without the legal origin. The driver admitted that he transported the pangolins from Bac Ninh province to sell in Mong Cai, Quanh Ninh. All the pangolins were transferred to the Forest Protection Department (FPD) of Tien Yen district.
Chinese pangolin belongs to group IIB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals restricted to be in captivity, hunted, traded or killed.
Hai Duong: Seizure of elephant tusks
According to Vietnam Plus, on July 4, Hai Duong's FPD, in cooperation with provincial police, stopped a truck and discovered five pieces of ivory weighing over 15kg. This is the first time illegal tusks have been found in Hai Duong province. The subjects escaped after the ivory was discovered. The case is under further investigation by local authorities.
Ho Chi Minh City: Wildlife development and control program 2011 to 2015
On July 4, the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City issued Decision No. 3328/QD-UBND approving a wildlife development and control program stage from 2011 to 2015.
The program will realize four solutions in order to improve management capacity in the breeding and trading of wildlife, to ensure breeding establishments provide optimum conditions for breeding without harming people or the environment, and to minimize violations of the management, protection and development of wildlife in the city.
Nam Dinh: Decline of bird population in Xuan Thuy NP
Sea water intrusion, deforestation and bird hunting has caused a reduction in the bird population in Xuan Thuy National Park (NP), Nam Dinh province. Many species listed in IUCN are being threatened including the black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor).
According to a Vietnamese ornithologist, the number of birds in Xuan Thuy NP is down about 30 to 35% over ten years due to hunting and trapping. In 1994 there were 102 black-faced spoonbills in the NP but in 2010 there were only 49 individuals left.
As well as illegal hunting, the increasing seawater intrusion level each year affects the ecosystem of the birds resulting in the loss of their shelters.
World Federation of Democratic Youth discuss environmental protection
“Environment and Development” was the topic of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) Asia-Pacific conference held from 5 to 8 July and organized by the Vietnam Union of Youth. Fifty young people from over 10 countries attended the conference.
The annual conference of the WFDY was hosted by Vietnam Union of Youth in order to call Asian youth and young people in the world to join together for peace, freedom, and a green and sustainable world and environment.
Quang Nam: Poachers blatantly destroy the forest
The protected forest at the east of Truong Son in Nam Giang district, Quang Nam province is being exhausted. The number of poachers has increased and they are becoming blatant, aggressive and ready to resist any "obstacles" in their destruction of the forest.
The poachers are well organized, arranging in advance for carpenters to process the wood before selling. The carpenters are often located close to the local administrative center but the poachers still blatantly sell the wood and feel safe doing so. The poachers also have a “support team” in place they use as an early warning system to let them know of any suspicious strangers. They also threaten people who discover what is happening in the forest as well as the local rangers. The poachers are always ready to attack any rangers that discover them destroying the forest.
South Africa: Major rhino horn smuggler arrested
On July 12, the South African police arrested a Thai subject who was accused of organizing illegal rhino hunting and trafficking of rhino horn on the international black market.
According to initial investigations, the subject used sophisticated tactics such as buying a hunting license in order to obtain illegal rhino horn from a local hunter to transfer and sell to overseas markets. The person in question is considered a "leading figure" in the international smuggling of rhino horn.
According to statistics, in the first six months of this year nearly 200 rhinos have been killed for their horns.
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)