News Brief (E352, 5 Feb, 2010)
Hanoi: King cobra killed at restaurant
On January 27, Hanoi Environmental Police (EP) caught four people killing a king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) weighing 3.7 kg at a restaurant in Tay Ho District. The restaurant owner admitted to having the cobra killed for food. Another king cobra weighing 6.7kg was found in the kitchen.
Dac Lac: Great hornbill sold publicly
According to an article on the website www.laodong.com.vn, at least ten great hornbills (Buceros bicornis) have been sold at Ban Don Ecotourism Centre for VND300,000 each. Locals had set traps and caught the hornbills in Yok Don National Park .
Quang Nam : Wildlife violator fined
On January 25, Quang Nam People’s Committee fined a man VND145 million for the illegal trade of wildlife. 732 kg of wildlife, such as snakes, turtles, and muntjac were found at the man’s home in Thang Binh District.
Ho Chi Minh City: Dangers from wild meat
According to an article on Cong An Nhan Dan newspaper’s associated website (www.cand.com.vn), 90% of wild meat sold at pubs in Saigon come from sick animals, such as the sambar deer (Cervus unicolor), wild pig (Sus scrofa), and porcupine. Farm owners in Ho Chi Minh City usually sell animals that have died from disease instead of destroying them. The animals are then served to customers who may not know the real origin of their food.
Lai Chau: Wildlife violators prosecuted
Sin Ho Police Team recently prosecuted two people for the illegal transportation of wildlife. The duo were caught transporting one Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii).
Nghe An: 18 bags of horns found in car
On January 27, Nghe An Police Team co-operated with Con Cuong Police Team to stop a car on its way back to Nghe An from Laos . While the car was being routinely checked, the authorities discovered 18 bags of horns belonging to buffalo, gaur, and deer. The case is under investigation for further information.
Ha Tinh: Langurs from National Park in danger
According to an article published on the website http://www.congan.com.vn, there is a widespread problem of langurs being hunted in Vu Quang National Park. The author himself witnessed langurs being killed and sold for the production of glue. As Tet Holiday approaches, the demand for langur products increases. Surprisingly, the leader of Vu Quang District FPD claimed to have no idea exactly what a langur was.
Hanoi: Wildlife kept at house for sale
On January 28, Nghe An EP, together with Mobile Team stopped a motorbike carrying two civets for sale. The driver admitted to transporting wildlife for another man living in Hoang Mai District. After checking the house from where the animals were collected, the authorities also found 31 civets, 38 brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus macrourus), two pangolins and another porcupine of a different species. No ownership papers could be produced.
Quang Binh: Three macaques transferred to rescue center
Two assamese macaques (Macaca assamensis) and one pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonina) were found at a restaurant in Quang Trach District. Quang Binh EP transferred the macaques to Wildlife Rescue Center at Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park.
Binh Dinh: 20 tons of coral illegally transported
On January 26, Binh Dinh authorities discovered ten tons of coral being transported in a lorry on the 1A Highway. The driver admitted to carrying the coral in order to sell it in Tuy Phuoc District. Not long before, Quy Nhon Traffic Police also caught another lorry loaded with ten tons of coral on its way to Tuy Phuoc District.
Quang Binh: Man in disguise prosecuted for transporting timber
Quang Binh Investigation Police Team recently prosecuted a man disguising himself as an army officer in an illegal timber transportation case. The man is being held in custody for two months pending further investigation.
Ma Thien Lanh Forest - A home for snakes
According to an article on the website www.cand.com.vn, Ma Thien Lanh Forest, 100km from Ho Chi Minh City , is home to many kinds of snake species. The article describes in detail confrontations between some local residents and the snakes. Despite being poisonous, Ma Thien Lanh’s snakes rarely bite people unless they are provoked.
Kien Giang: Four macaques released into wild
On January 28, local authorities released four long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis), each of which weighed about 5kg, into the wild. The macaques were said to be caught and bought from locals living on Hon Tre Island . The authorities believed the macaques must have lived for a long time on islands in Kien Hai District because of their maturity.
Please note: Past bulletins can be found on ENV's website www.envietnam.org
Tran Phuong Minh
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh, Dong Da District
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)