News Brief (E372, 02 July, 2010)

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Forestry Protection Department (FPD) has confiscated 5 bears from one bear farm in Quang Ninh.
On 1/7, FPD confiscated 5 Asiatic black bears from one bear farm in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh province. Last June, FPD and other task forces conducted a raid to some bear farms in Quang Ninh and found a number of violations in bear captive regulations. Those confiscated bears have been transferred to Tam Dao Bear rescue center within day. This is a positive step and a tremendous result for task forces, and hopefully, this will be the start to end of bear farming in Quang Ninh.

Arrests made over the illegal transport of five bear cubs in Quang Ninh.
According to the Inspector newspaper on June 1st,. during the night of June 29th a car illegally transported five bear cubs was apprehended by Quang Ninh Police.  The car was traveling on Highway No.18 through Dong Ngu Commune, Tien Yen district in Quang Ninh Province.
Two subjects both living in Hai Phong City admitted taking the bears from Hai Phong to Mong Cai on the Chinese border to sell.
As a first step, local authorities defined that the bears are Selenarctos ranged in type IB – Decree no. 32. The case is under investigation.
(Vietnamese version)
Bat vu van chuyen 5 ca the gau con trai phep

Voluntarily transferred bears in Dong Nai.
On May 21, ENV’s Wildlife Crime Unit was reported about two bears being kept illegally in a resident house in Dong Nai province.  ENV has coordinated with Dong Nai Environmental Police and Dong Nai Forest Protection Department to save the bears. These Asiatic black bears (Selenarctos thibetanus), weighing around 90-100 kg, belong toMr. Trần Xuân Đạo living in Nhơn Trạch district, Đồng Nai province. Finally on July 1, the bear owner handed voluntarily the bears to task forces. These bears all transferred to Nam Cat Tien Rescue Centre in good health condition.

Hunting of wild animal’s to collect heads for believed magical strength.
On the 28 of June the E-newspaper reported that an increasing number of wealthy individuals are collecting the heads of endangered wildlife such as tiger and deer to display as part of a growing hobby.
The displays are seen as status symbols, while many people reportedly believe the skulls and jaw-bones of wild animals would bring luck or even super nature strength.  One animal skull dealer described how collectors rank their animals stated “the rarest species is put on top”. As a professional collector in this field, one must know the saying “tiger first, bull second, deer third and bull forth”.  This trend is further fueling the wildlife trade pushing many Asian species to the brink of extinction. 
(Vietnamese version)
Mot choi thu cap thu rung-Moi hoa tuyet chung cua nhieu loai thu quy

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