News Brief (E428, August 04, 2011)
Ha Noi: Fined VND50 million for leopard cat captivity
On 28 July, the People's Committeeof Hanoicity issued Decision 3514/QD-UBND to a violator in Chuong My, Hanoi. The subject received an administrative fine of VND50 million for the illegal captivity of 2 leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis). The cats were confiscated and transferred to Soc Son Rescue Center as the subject was unable to provide legal documentation regarding the origin of the cats.
Leopard cat belongs to group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be in captivity, hunted, traded or killed.
Thanh Hoa: Fined VND25 million for trading of illegal wildlife
According to Thanhtra online newspaper, the People’s Committee of Thanh Hoa province issued an administrative fine of VND25 million to a violator from Kontum. The subject had illegally transported 27 common rat snakes (Ptyas mucosus) weighing 30 kg. All the snakes were confiscated by the local authorities.
Binh Dinh: Seizure of 102 marine turtles
On July 31, Binh Dinh province market management authorities and police seized 102 marine turtles following a tip-off from a member of the public. The turtles had been illegally transported in a car by a trafficker. The largest turtle in the seized group had a shell measuring 0.85 m in length. The trafficker from the southern province of Ben Tre was arrested after failing to provide documents relating to the origin of the turtles.
Hanoi: Tiger protection highlighted at Hanoi meeting
Experts from 13 countries were gathering at a meeting in Hanoi from August 2-4 to discuss ways to protect tigers. They were seeking measures to double the wild tiger population before 2022. As part of this effort the participating countries have been developing a national tiger restoration program. On July 29, Vietnam held a ceremony for the first time to mark World Tiger Day. The aim of the special day was to raise awareness about tigers as one of the world’s most endangered species. This event will continue to be organized annually in Vietnam.
Phu Quoc: Man transporting butchered green sea turtle arrested
On July 26, Phu Quoc police arrested a man in Da Chong who had transported a butchered green sea turtle (Chelonia Mydas). The turtle, weighing approximately 80 kg and measuring 1.5m in length and 950cm wide, had been cut into pieces. The violator claimed he had bought the turtle from a fisherman in Da Chong, Bai Thom commune.
Green sea turtles are often caught and butchered by fishermen. On average one turtle is killed every 2-3 days and the continued destruction may cause the extinction of this rare species in Phu Quoc, a place well-known as the land of the green sea turtle.
Green sea turtle belongs to group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be in captivity, hunted, traded or killed.
India : 20% increase in tiger population in India
According to India's Environment and Forests Ministry, there are now 1,706 tigers living in and around reservations, national parks and protected forests throughout the country compared to 1,411 in 2006. The largest increase in numbers was seen in Corbett National Park and Kaziranga National Park where tigers enjoy the highest levels of protection. In addition, thriving populations were also discovered in the least guarded reserves and forests. In Satyamangalam forest, Tamil Nadu, southern India, 54 tigers were discovered. In spite of the good news that tiger numbers have increased, their habitats have shrunk by 12%.
Uganda: Smuggled parrots released back into the wild
The authorities of Uganda have released 200 grey parrots into the wild at Kibale National Park, several months after the birds had undergone treatment at the country’s largest zoo.
In January, Ugandan police discovered around 130 species of birds being illegally transported across the country's porous border with the Democratic People’s Republic of Congo. Dozens of the birds later died as a result of being sedated ahead of the journey.
Over 100 undocumented birds were later discovered at a warehouse close to Uganda’s main airport. Trading in African grey parrots is restricted under CITES. Uganda is famous for its rich birdlife with over 1,000 species in the country.
Nguyen Phuong Lien
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)