News Brief (E385, October 1, 2010)

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Hanoi: Six offenders prosecuted for trading tiger bone
On September 28, Hanoi Police initiated criminal prosecution of six people arrested during the September 15th discovery of a large quantity of wildlife bones, including skulls and bones from at least six tigers. Amongst those arrested was the leader of what is described as a major network involved in smuggling wildlife and production of traditional medicines made from the bones of animals. 

More than 900kg of bones were seized during the raids by Hanoi Environmental Police at five different locations. In addition to tiger skulls and bones, police seized one pair of elephant tusks, large numbers of bones from other species, and cartons of bone glue.
(Link to the seizure photos)
Triet pha duong day buon ban xuong dong vat nau cao
Triet pha duong day mua ban xuong ho, bao giua thu do

Thanh Hoa: Two peafowls being kept in captivity at private
On September 29, ENV was notified about the confiscation by Thanh Hoa Environmental Police and forest rangers of two peafowls from a private home in Dao Xuyen town of Hoang Hoa district. The two peafowls are presently being kept at the office of a local district FPD prior to transfer to a rescue center. The owner of the peafowls has requested that authorities return the animals, however ENV is urging local government to handle the case strictly in accordance with law in order to avoid similar  violations in the future. The green peafowl is listed as fully protected under Group 1B of Decree 32. 
(WCU Ref. Case 2802)
(Vietnamese version)

Kien Giang: A dugong released back into the sea
On September 23, a dugong was released back into the sea in Kien Giang province by the Kien Giang Department of Fisheries Resources Protection (DFRP). On September 22, after being notified about a strange fish that appeared to be ill drifting along the shore, authorities checked the area and discovered the dugong. After a brief period of confinement the dugong recovered and was released by  DFRP into the sea. The animal was reported to be 1.2m long weighing 25kg.
(WCU Ref. Case 2812)

New gibbon species discovered
A new gibbon species has been described in the forests of Vietnam by researchers from the Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC), according to a recent paper published in the Vietnamese Journal of Primatology. The northen buffed-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus annamensis), once thought to be the same as the yellow cheeked gibbons (Nomascus gabriellae) are native the Annamite region of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The new gibbon species differs from the yellow-cheeked gibbon based on vocalization and genetically.
(English version)
New gibbon species discovered
(Vietnamese version)
Phat hien loai vuon hiem o Dong Duong

Ozone layer will return to full strength
The ozone layer is no longer disappearing and could be back to full strength by the middle of this century, UN scientists have confirmed. In the 1970s, a hole in the ozone layer covering Antarctic was found by scientists and appeared to be growing in size. Following the banning of nearly 100 substances used in producing refrigerators and aerosols, the situation improved.  According to scientists, the ozone layer will recover to pre-1980 levels by 2048 and full recover by 2073. Ozone in the stratosphere is important because it absorbs some of the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet radiation.
(English version)
Ozone layer 'is no longer disappearing and will return to full strength by 2048'
(Vietnamese version)
Tang ozon co dau hieu phuc hoi nhanh chong

Quang Tri: Timber smuggling intercepted

On September 28, a car driven by a local man was checked by Huong Hoa Police and found to be transporting rare and precious timber. The driver stated that he was only hired to transport the timber. It was the ninth case of timber smuggling intercepted this year according to Huong Hoa Police. Most of the cases have been related to rare and precious timber listed in group IA of Decree 32 for which exploitation is strictly prohibited.
(Quang Tri Television Station reported)
(Vietnamese version)
Quang Tri: Bat giu vu van chuyen go lau


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