News Brief (E394, December 3, 2010)

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Experts in Hanoi to discuss Vietnam’s involvement in the protection of the world’s tigers
On December 2, international experts arrived in Hanoi to share their experience and strengthen the coordination of law enforcement involved in the protection of Vietnam’s wild fauna and flora, with special focus on increasing efforts to control the international trade of wild animals, especially of important species such as the tiger. At the International Tiger Conservation Forum held in Russia recently, Viet Nam was one of 13 countries signed an agreement to strengthen measures to protect tigers, their prey and their habitats. The summit approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in the wild by 2022.
(Vietnamese version)
Viet Nam tang cuong thuc thi phap luat bao ve ho


Vietnamese smugglers arrested in South Africa
Two Vietnamese men were arrested in South Africa for transporting 15 illegal rhino horns. South African Private Rhino Owners’ Association spokesman Pelham Jones said the men were expected to appear in court this December. South African statistics reveal that at least 268 rhinos have been killed in the country this year for their horns; significantly up from 122 last year.
(Vietnamese version)
Hai nguoi Viet bi bat qua tang van chuyen sung te giac tai Nam Phi


Hanoi: King cobras hidden amongst load of goats
On November 30, Hanoi’s Environmental Police Department and Tu Liem police stopped and checked a motorbike transporting goats and found a sack containing two King cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah), a species belonging to group IB - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be in captivity, hunted, traded or killed. According to the subject, the cobras were purchased from Phu Tho province for 1 million VND/kg, and were to be sold in Hanoi for 1.7 million VND/kg. The authorities are holding the subject while the cobras await transfer to a suitable rescue center.
(Vietnamese version)
Buon de kem ran ho mang chua


Phu Yen: Illegal snakes seized
On November 27, the Market Management Department of Phu Yen province discovered an illegal cache of 127.7kg of King cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) and Indochinese rat snake (Ptyas korros),  purchased from Binh Thuan province to sell in the north. The Phu Yen province Forest Protection Department (FPD) will take possession of the snakes and deal with the case in accordance with wildlife protection laws.
(Vietnamese version)
Phu Yen bat giu 127 kg ran van chuyen trai phep


Son La: Many rare animals at risk of disappearing
The biodiversity of Son La province has been severely affected in terms of size and quality for a number of reasons, and many animals are in danger of disappearing altogether. According to the Son La FPD, a number of rare animal species such as the elephant, gaur (Bos gaurus), sika deer (Cervus Nippon), mouse deer, and Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) are no longer seen in provincial natural conservation areas. Endemic animal species such as the black-crested gibbon, gray langur (Trachypithecus crepusculus), Francois’ langur (Trachypithecus francoisi), Indochinese tiger (Panthera Tigris corbetti), and leopard, are also difficult to find. The decline of natural forest areas and illegal hunting are part of the reason for the decline.
(Vietnamese version)
Nhieu dong vat quy o Son La co nguy co bien mat


Nguyen Bich Ngoc
Communications officer
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
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