On 4 April 2008, ENV received a hotline call from a student that three Asiatic black bears had been sold to a resident, for the purpose of bile extraction. ENV immediately transferred this case to Nam Dinh provincial authorities. FDP checked and discovered three Asiatic black bears (Ursus tibetanus) at Tran Van Lai, Hai Ninh commune, Hai Hau district, Nam Dinh province.
In an ongoing process, ENV has urged Nam Dinh authorities to confiscate the Asiatic black bears, transfer them to a rescue center and fine the subject. On September 15 2011, the bears were rescued and transferred to the Bear Rescue Center in Vinh Phuc province, after the subject volunteered to transfer them to avoid being fined.
(Case Ref. 1134/ENV)