News Brief (E335, 9 Oct, 2009)
Quang Ninh: Police raid Ha Long bear bile farm
Following a long period of investigation, on October 2nd 2009, the Quang Ninh Provincial Environment Police raided a bear farm on the outskirts of Ha Long City. Police apprehended farm workers in the act of extracting bear bile to sell to foreigners. The case continues to be investigated for further information.
Phu Yen: Wildlife released into Forest
The management board of Krong Trai Forest, in cooperation with the authorities in Son Hoa District, Phu Yen province, released over 33kg of wildlife including civets, snakes, monitor lizards, and tockays back into the wild. The wild animals were found being illegally transported through the forest on October 5th, 2009.
Hanoi: ‘Green Restaurants’ pledge
On October 6th 2009, over 150 restaurants in Hanoi pledged to be ‘Green Restaurants’ by not serving illegal and endangered wildlife. The ‘Green Restaurant’ campaign is part of WWF and TRAFFIC’s project: “A Matter of Attitude - Reducing Consumption of Wildlife Products”.
Tay Ninh: Birds fly home to national park
This week, different species of birds such as little egrets, spot-billed duck from Cambodia and the Mekong Delta region migrated to the Lo Go - Xa Mat National Park of Tay Ninh province. Authorities are discussing the possibility of introducing plans to protect these birds during their migration.
Keeled box turtle rescued
This morning (October 9th, 2009), a resident came to ENV’s office and handed over a keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) that was later transferred to the Turtle Rescue Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park. The turtle initially came to ENV’s attention when it was discovered being advertised for sale on a website by a member of ENV’s wildlife protection volunteer network. The advertisement was removed by the website’s administrators after discussions ENV.
Bear protection activities organized at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Over three days (2->4 October 2009), ENV’s environment educators held a communications program aiming to protect bears at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology on Nguyen Van Huyen street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi. With the display of information boards about Vietnam’s bears, bear bile extraction footage, and a small corner for children to colour-in pictures of bears, visitors to the museum were provided with the opportunity to learn more about Vietnam’s bears and its endangered status in the wild. Over the three-day event, 1,456 people voluntarily signed commitments to protect bears.
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