News Brief (E374, 16 July, 2010)

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Thua Thien-Hue: Red-shanked douc langur discovered
On July 10, according to the Thua Thien-Hue Forest Protection Agency, a local resident found a red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus) and sought protection for it at the Phong Dien Nature Reserve. The resident had found the 13 kg mature male langur by a river, and fearing that it would be taken by poachers, he caught the animal himself. The langur was later transferred to the Endangered Primates Rescue Centre at Cuc Phuong National Park. The red-shanked douc langur is categorized as rare and endangered and is protected under Vietnamese law.
(Vietnamese version)
Phat hien mot con cha va chan nau

Northern white-cheeked gibbon arrives safely from the south
On July 9, despite transportation difficulties, the Cu Chi Rescue Centre in the south of Vietnam successfully transferred a northern white-cheeked gibbon to Cuc Phuong National Park in the country’s north. The gibbon had been confiscated from a restaurant in Binh Thuan province and taken to the Cu Chi Rescue Centre, where it was to travel by plane to Cuc Phuong National Park. The transfer was delayed because the airline was unwilling to carry the animal; therefore rescue staff transported the gibbon by car. (Case Reference 2598/ENV)

Binh Phuoc: Black-shanked douc langur hunters arrested
On July 12, authorities in Bu Gia Map National Park formed a task force to arrest poachers at their campsite where suspects were found drying the bodies of six black-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes). During the ambush, two poachers escaped while three were taken into custody. Authorities also seized three homemade guns and the bodies of a further nine black-shanked douc langurs.and then delivered to the police for prosecute.
(Vietnamese version)
Bat giu nhung ke san bat vooc ngu sac

Thanh Hoa: Unchipped bears discovered at a home
According to information on July 11 from the People’s Committee, the provincial Forest Protection Department (FPD) discovered two bears being kept illegally at a local resident’s house in Thanh Hoa City. The subject was found with three bears, two of which were unregistered. The FPD sent official correspondence to the People’s Committee for advice on what to do about the matter, but is yet to receive a response.
(Vietnamese version)
Phat hien mot chu ho nuoi nhot gau trai phep

Dong Nai: Resident sentenced to 14 months in jail for hunting wildlife
A local resident was caught on his way home from hunting and sentenced to 14 months in jails for hunting wildlife by a Dinh Quan District court. According to the indictment, on April 1, 2009, the man entered the forest with his son and shot one mouse-deer and one loris. Loris is protected under Vietnamese law.
(Vietnamese version)
Linh an 14 thang tu giam vi san bat dong vat hoang da

Binh Duong: Three coal factories yet to leave
Being found as the culprits for severe air pollution in Di An District, three coal mining factories are being forced to leave the area in August. Seven factories licensed to the Binh Duong Planning and Investment Agent were mining coal in the district. Four have already left, while the remaining few show no signs of shutting up shop and continue importing and trading coal in large quantities, causing long-lasting environmental pollution. The People’s Committee will establish regulations regarding stricter management when issuing future coal trading licenses in the area.
(Vietnamese version)
Yeu cau di doi ba doanh nghiep khai thac than da

Quang Ninh: Contaminated fish die in huge quantities
Since July 4, large scale fish deaths have been reported at aquaculture farms in Dong Trieu District. The problem of contaminated fish tends to spread easily into other areas, which has nearby farms concerned. As reported on July 13, approximately 140 hectares of farms have been affected. Streptococcus bacteria in the water and the recent spate of very hot weather are thought to be the cause. Local residents are calling for funding from the government to allow more fish breeding and to clean ponds in preparation for the next crop.
(Vietnamese version)
Ca chet hang loat do nhiem khuan

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