News Brief (E376, 30 July, 2010)

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Dak Lak: Another elephant shot dead
On July 22, Ea Sup district police confirmed that the wild elephant discovered dead on July 4 in the forest owned by the Ea H'Mo Forestry Company died from gunshot wounds to the head. Since 2008, three wild elephants have been found shot dead in the same forest while the culprits are yet to be found.
(Vietnamese version)
Dak Lak: voi rung chet do trung dan

Binh Phuoc: Company fined 220 million VND for environmental pollution
According to the Binh Phuoc People’s Committee, on July 25, an administrative penalty of 220 million VND was given to a construction company in Chon Thanh Industrial Park. The fine includes 130 million for not installing an environmental waste treatment system and 50 million for emitting waste water 10 times higher than permitted levels. Further to the fine, the company must install an environmental pollution treatment system by the end of 2010.
(Vietnamese version)
Binh Phuoc: gay o nhiem moi truong, mot cong ty bi phat 220 trieu dong

Thanh Hoa: Trio convicted for illegal trading and transportation of forest products
The Phap Luat Vietnam newspaper reported that on July 23, 2010, the Thanh Hoa People’s Committee administratively fined three men for illegally trading and transporting rare and precious forest products. Two men were fined a total of 175 million VND for trafficking 18.61 m3 of timber, including pieces of Hayata timber (Cunninghamia konishii Hayata). The third man was fined 40 million VND for smuggling three pangolins weighing a total of 15kg.
(Vietnamese version)
Thanh Hoa: Xu phat viec mua ban, van chuyen lam san trai phep

Dak Lak: Elephant tail hair thieves caught
On July 27, Dak Lak City police put four thieves, the youngest being 16 years old, into temporary detention for illegally removing an elephant’s tail hair. It was later found that the thieves had been cooperating with elephant tamers to cut off elephants’ tail hair to sell at gold shops to make jewelry, fetching anywhere between 300,000 to 1 million VND for an individual strand of hair.
(Vietnamese version)
Khoi to bon doi tuong trom long duoi voi

Quang Ninh: Man arrested for possessing rhino horns which turn out to be fake
According to the Nong Thon Ngay Nay newspaper, on July 26, 2010, Mong Cai police arrested a man residing in Hai Phong City for illegally possessing wildlife products, including eight bags of gaur bile (Bos gaurus), two hippopotamus teeth (unidentified), two domestic Asian water buffalo horns (Bubalus bubalis) and seven rhino horns (unidentified). All exhibits turned out to be fake according to initial identification results provided to ENV by Quang Ninh Environmental Police. The police were unable to obtain enough evidence to hold the suspect.

Phu Tho: Bus used to transport illegal timber
On July 21, 2010, an unregistered bus with fake license plates transporting illegal timber from Yen Bai province to Viet Tri City was discovered by provincial police. The driver evaded arrest sometime during the evening. According to the initial investigation, all the seats had been removed to hold 3.6 cubic meters of precious timber. Police are continuing with their investigation.
(Vietnamese version)
Dung xe cho khach van chuyen go lau

Quang Tri: Illegal wildlife from Laos intercepted
On July 28, two men from Thanh Hoa province were arrested for illegally transporting over 150kg of wildlife from Laos to Vietnam by district police. The animals were reported as being worth 200 million  VND and included pangolins, tortoises, turtles and snakes. The two offenders confessed to transporting wildlife through the border gate for a third party on numerous occasions. The case is under further investigation.
(Vietnamese version)
Quang Tri: Bat giu 150 kg dong vat hoang da tu Lao vao Viet Nam

Guidelines on the reduced consumption of wild animals: Leaders targeted
On June 8, 2010, the government’s ‘Guidelines for all levels of Party Committees to direct political systems, social community raising awareness of sustainable consumption of wild animals’ was issued. According to the guidelines, people may trade and consume wild animals as individuals consuming goods within reasonable limits, without threatening the existence, development and ability of normal ecological functions of wild animals. The guidelines request that the Vietnamese National Front, organizations and occupational-social-political organizations periodically evaluate the results of awareness-raising activities and report to higher levels. The guidelines emphasize the awareness-raising activities in sustainable consumption of wild animals to all people, but target leaders and entrepreneurs, as they are the biggest consumers of wild animals in Vietnam according to investigations by conservation organizations.
(Vietnamese version)
Giam tieu thu dong thuc vat hoang da, nham den lanh dao

Ho Chi Minh City: Danger from street snake markets
After temporarily settling down after a series of awareness-raising and education campaigns, the hunting and consumption of wild snakes has escalated and markets trading live snakes have become active again. Recently, on sidewalks in several districts and even in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City (the “snake boulevard” along Le Hong Phong street), markets have started up again. Local residents worry about threats that escaped snakes pose, while the boom of snake markets and that belief in snakes being a ‘wonderful remedy’ for stronger health and cancer puts the reptiles in danger.
(Vietnamese version)
Hiem hoa tu nhung cho ran via he

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