Rhinoceros in Vietnam on the brink of extinction
This October, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) will officially state whether the rhinoceros still exists in Vietnam. WWF has said that there is no longer any evidence of rhinos living in Cat Tien National Park, where they were identified many years ago. The local Forest Protection Department has annually confiscated hundreds of hunting guns and arrested dozens of rhino hunters.
South Africa and Vietnam meeting about rhino poaching crisis
A meeting between South African and Vietnamese officials took place in South Africa from 26 to 28 September to discuss illegal trade in rhinoceros horn. At the meeting, representatives signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a mechanism to stop the illegal trade in rhino horn. In 2011, 302 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa. Vietnam is one of the key destinations and a primary driver of the illicit trade in rhino horn from South Africa.
HCMC: Wildlife animal meat openly for sale
The illegal trade of wildlife meat is openly taking place in Ho Chi Minh City. Many local markets blatantly supply wildlife meat of all kinds (including wild pigs, porcupines, tortoises and snakes), mostly for restaurants and hotels. The illegal trade, slaughtering and transportation of wildlife operates on a daily basis, meanwhile, local authorities seem to turn a blind eye.
Ha Tinh and Ha Nam: Large number of wild egrets killed
In Ha Tinh province, dozens of egrets have been trapped or hunted by local residents who aim to sell the egrets to restaurants. Many egrets have also been caught in Ha Nam and are openly for sale. However, the trapping of and trade in egrets, which is a protected bird species, has not yet been investigated by local authorities.
Dak Lak: Yok Don forest under threat
Hunting of wildlife and removal of ornamental trees and precious timbers, are affecting Yok Don Forest in Dak Lak province. Rare forest animals such as hill mynas, macaques and eagles are being removed from the forest and sold for sky-high prices. In Buon Ma Thuot city, there are a variety of restaurants which serve customers wildlife products. In addition, the increasing demand for fine art wooden products is contributing to the destruction of the forest.
Khanh Hoa: 108 rare animals confiscated
According to the Forest Protection Department in Ninh Hoa commune, Khanh Hoa province, among the 108 rare animals that had been confiscated from a local resident on September 19 2011, 19 brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus macrourus) had died and the rest of the animals were released into Ea Krong Rou forest on September 27. The subject was fined VND15 million.
Of the 108 animals, those belonging to Group IIB included 10 water monitors (Varanus salvator), six giant Asian pond turtles (Heosemys grandis) and 20 elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata). Other wildlife included 24 keeled box turtles (Cuora mouhotii), 10 common palm civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), 23 brush-tailed porcupines and 15 Indochinese rat snakes (Ptyas korros).
(Case Ref. 3708/ENV - Information provided by Ninh Hoa Forest Protection Department)
Hoang Hue Linh
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