News Brief (E364, 7 May, 2010)

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Hai Phong: Illegal transportation of ivory
On May 5, provincial Customs Officers discovered the Kenyan ship MSC Sentosa carrying two tons of elephant tusk at a provincial port. The case is undergoing further investigation.
(Vietnamese version)
Hai Phong: Thu giu gan 2 tan nga voi nhap lau
Thua Thien-Hue: Illegal hunting of wild animals
According to a series of reports from the local Tien Phong newspaper on the 4th and 5th of May, an untouched forest in Vietnam’s centre is facing a serious illegal wildlife hunting issue conducted by local residents. Tien Phong unveiled instances of illegal hunting, transportation and sale of animals such as bears, deers, turtles, weasels and squirrels.
(Vietnamese version)
Nhau rung ky 1: Theo buoc tho san
Nhau rung ky 2: Bam cang dau nau
Quang Ngai: Sentence handed down in illegal timber trade case
On April 26, the People’s Court announced the verdict of a forest exploitation and protection case involving illegally logged timber in 2005 and 2006. Members from the Quang Ngai Agriculture and Forestry Project Management Unit and officers of the Quang Ngai Joint Stock Company (JSC) of agro-forestry product exports were found to be in violation of the law. Under Vietnamese law, Forestry Project Management Unit members are permitted to sell timber seized during illegal logging cases, yet were found to be selling more timber than is permitted. Nineteen of those involved are facing punishment, with 11 people receiving sentences ranging from 12 months’ probation to three years in jail. Eight officers from the JSC were fined.
(Vietnamese version)
Vu thu gom go rung tai Quang Ngai
Another call for people to stop buying tiger bone glue
The Tien Phong newspaper cited the Vietnamese animal expert and chairman of the Vietnam Animal Husbandry Association, Pham Trong Anh, as saying that people have been wasting their money on tiger bone glue as it is useless in treating disease.
(Vietnamese version)
Can trong voi cao ho nau tu xuong lon, bo

Authorities, experts respond to journalists’ reports on Lung Ngoc Hoang Nature Reserve
In response to journalists from the Nong Thon Ngay Nay newspaper who highlighted the issue of destruction in the Lung Ngoc Hoang Nature Reserve in the  Mekong Delta, provincial high-ranking authorities acknowledged the wrongdoings of the Reserve’s Board of Directors. A provincial Party Committee member said it is everyone’s responsibility to preserve and protect the Nature Reserve in any way, and that appropriate punishment will be imposed for any wrongdoings. Meanwhile, experts stressed the importance of the Nature Reserve in terms of its biodiversity value and as being the main regulator of fresh water for surrounding agricultural areas.
(Vietnamese version)
Phai bao ton bang moi gia

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