News Brief (E400, January 14, 2011)

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Ho Chi Minh: Two-year jail term for selling wildlife
On January 14, online newspaper Vnexpress reported that the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City rejected the appeal of a wildlife trader and upheld a two-year jail sentence for the male defendant for “violation of regulations on animal protection for animals listed as endangered, precious and rare priority protection species”.

Earlier, on March 19, 2010, the Ho Chi Minh Forest Protection Department (FPD) checked the man’s residence and discovered 43kg of animals including the king cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah), loris, and water monitor (Varanus salvator)… The animals were transferred to Cu Chi Rescue Center. The prosecuted had received two administrative fines by the local FPD prior to his sentencing for illegally trading wildlife.
(Vietnamese version
Vao tu vi buon ban DVHD

Lai Chau: Bear cub rescued
On December 8, 2010, a 14kg Asiatic black bear (Selenarctos thibetanus), found dumped three days ago by its owners after Environmental Police were alerted that a group of men were doing some suspected activities on the side of the road, was transferred to the Vietnam Bear Rescue Center in good health with the cooperation of Animals Asia Foundation and the Lai Chau Forest Protection Department (FPD).
(Information provided by Lai Chau FPD and AAF)

Quang Tri: Two arrested for wildlife trafficking
On January 11, Quang Tri police seized a stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides), three crab-long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis), 10 common palm civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), 10 brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus macrourus) and a 7kg reticulated python (Python reticulates) from two men, who later admitted to purchasing the animals in Huong Hoa district to sell in Vietnam’s northern provinces. All the animals were transferred to the Quang Tri FPD.

On January 12, according to Circular 90/2008/TT-BNN issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding instructions for handling wildlife exhibits following confiscation, the seriously injured palm civets and porcupines were sold to licensed farms, and the macaques and the python are being looked after by the FPD to be later released into the wild.
(Vietnamese version)
Quang Tri_Bat doi tuong buon ban DVHD

Hanoi: Dried bodies of rare langurs seized
On January 7, Hanoi police stopped a bus and discovered  the bodies of 12 dried animals inside the vehicle. According to an expert from the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, the animals were red-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus nemaeus), an extremely rare species included in Vietnam’s Red Data Book which lists rare and endangered species of fauna and flora native to Vietnam. The exhibits were transferred to the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources. The owners were administratively fined.
(Vietnamese version)
Phat hien vu van chuyen 12 ca the vooc cha va

Nghe An: Logger head sea turtle released into sea
On January 10, according to Nghe An’s Department of Fishery Resources Protection, a logger head turtle (Caretta caretta) weighing around 50-60kg was released into the sea in good health. Seven days earlier, a fisherman in Quynh Luu district had netted the animal while fishing and agreed to release the turtle following discussions with local authorities.
(Vietnamese version)
Van dong ngu dan tha con vich khong lo ve bien

Dak Lak: Forest poachers use dogs to hunt wild animals
The Director of Chu Yang Shin National Park reported that since the beginning of the year, rangers have shot or captured around 20 hunting dogs. The dogs had been trained by some of the H’Mong ethnic people living in the region and are often used by poachers to hunt wildlife.
(Vietnamese version)
Dak Lak Lam tac dung cho san thu rung

Dak Lak: Elephant dies after two-month struggle with injuries
On January 7, a three-ton elephant owned by the Don Village Ecotourism Ltd. Co died after a two-month struggle with serious injuries received in October last year when it was attacked by a group of poachers for its ivory. Local authorities handled the body in accordance with the law while the poachers are yet to be found.
(Vietnamese version)
Dak Lak Voi chet vi bi chem hang trăm nhat

Thai Binh: Over 400kg of pangolins seized
On January 5, Thai Binh police stopped a bus and discovered that it was carrying 96 pangolins weighing a total of 415kg. The severely weakened animals were later sold at a liquidation sale.
(Vietnamese version)
Thai Binh_thu giu 415kg DVHD

Increase in hunting of small Indian civet
The small Indian civet (Viverricula indica) is a rare species living mainly in forests in Quang Binh’s south and Quang Tri’s northwest, and the recent increase in the popularity of hunting this animal is putting it at risk of extinction. For the upcoming Lunar New Year, many professional and recreational hunters are using dogs to hunt the civet to sell to restaurants.
(Vietnamese version)
Nan san bat cay huong

Hanoi: Conference on medicinal herbs as alternatives to bear bile
On January 11, a conference on the results of medicinal herbs which provide patients with similar effects to that of bear bile was held in Hanoi by the Vietnam National Institute of Medicinal Materials (NIMM). The results came from a study conducted with the cooperation of NIMM and the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

Dr, Nguyen Xuan Huong, Head of the Vietnam Traditional Medicine Association, said that in the more than 3,000 traditional medicine methods popular, only  seven mention bear bile as a treatment for aliments such as muscle problems or bruises. He also stated that the idea that bear bile can cure every disease has no scientific basis.

According to NIMM’s study, 46 medicinal herbs are available as alternatives to bear bile in Vietnam. Dr. Henry Lee, an International Consultant on traditional medicine also recommended that since many people in Western countries currently prefer to use high quality herbal medicine rather than western medicine, an excellent market opportunity exists for Vietnamese herbal medicine.

Nguyen Bich Ngoc
Communications officer
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Hanoi, Vietnam
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