News Brief (E344, 11 Dec, 2009)

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Hanoi: Restaurant discovered cooking wildlife bone glue
On December 6th, nearly 40 kilos of animal bone glue was found by Hanoi Environmental Police and Ha Dong police in a restaurant on Le Trong Tan street in Ha Dong. The owner of the restaurant stated to the police that bones included those from macaques and serow, as well as antlers from sambar deer.  However, scientists reportedly identified tiger bones amongst those that were recovered from the scene.
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Yen Bai-Ha Tinh: Vehicles stopped for transporting wild animals 
On December 6th,, Yen Bai Environmental Police stopped a car in in Luc Yen district of Yen Bai province carrying 660 kilos of Chinese cobras (Naja atra). In another case in Ha Tinh province, a car was stopped on December 7th by Ha Tinh Environmental Police and Huong Son District FPD transporting 54 pangolins (Manis sp.).
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Thanh Hoa: Two men fined over 178 millions VND for trading wildlife
The Chairman of Thanh Hoa People’s Committee has recently imposed a fine of 178 millions Dong on two subjects for illegal trading over 260 kilos of snakes and about 60 kilos Asian leaf turtle (Cyclemys tcheponensis).
(Vietnamese version)
Dak Lak: Loggers sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment
On December 4th, six defendants appeared before a judge for sentencing in a case involving illegal exploitation of rare yew trees in Ea H’leo district of Dak Lak province.  The judge sentenced the defendants to a collective total of 27 months in prison. .
(Vietnamese version)

Quang Nam: Five cases of illegal wood transport
Over the last week, police in Tien Phuc district made five separate seizures of illegal timber being transported through the district.       
(Vietnamese version)

Using bear bile: More harm than good
The Anti Poisonous Center at Bach Mai Hospital has treated a number of patients suffering from illness related to use of bear bile.   Dr. Pham Due, director of the center warned that bear bile may have negative impacts on the health of users. .     
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