Bac Ninh: An old man hospitalized because of bear bile use
On September 20, an 80 year old man in Bac Ninh province used bear bile to treat his back, however, rather than cure his ailments he ended up hospitalized. Doctors said that he was allergic to bear bile, which contains many poisonous elements and has a negative impact on the human body.
Dong Nai: Forest elephant appeared in residential area
On September 15, a large forest elephant, with only one tusk, suddenly appeared in a residential area in Phu Hoa commune, Dinh Quan district, Dong Nai province.
According to Dong Nai Forest Protection Department, the elephant is one of a herd of forest elephants which left or Buon Đon (Dak Lak). The elephant is now living alone in a 14,000 ha primitive forest in Dinh Quan district.
Khanh Hoa: 80 kg turtle freed
On September 15, the Aquatic Resources Exploitation and Protection Station in Ninh Hoa commune, Khanh Hoa province, released an 80 kg turtle back to the sea in My A village, NinhThuy commune, Ninh Hoa district, Khanh Hoa province.
The turtle is around 15 years old, more than one m long and 1.2 m wide.
Tay Bac: ‘Live wildlife’ markets secretly develop
Tay Bac region (in northwestern Vietnam) is known to have the most developed wildlife smuggling and illegal transportation.
For the first half of 2011, Tay Bac authorities have identified five cases and confiscated about 65 kg of live wildlife, and over 110 kg of wildlife products.
Although authorities have enhanced their methods to stop illegal trading activities, “live wildlife markets” continue to secretly develop.
Quang Ngai: Subjects attack Forest Protection Department
On 20 September, Ba To District Police in Quang Ngai prosecuted two people for illegal logging. The subjects had transported four timbers and had been identified by local Forest Protection Department (FDP). The timbers were seized; however, the subjects attacked FPD officials to steal the timbers back. For this reason, the subjects were prosecuted.
Hoang Hue Linh
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)