Lang Son: Abandoned wildlife discovered
On October 6, Lang Son Economic police discovered some abandoned jute bags in Cao Loc town in which there were 2 pythons, 27 monitor lizards and 3 turtles. All wild animals were transferred to FPD to process. The case is still under investigation.
Thua Thien Hue: Creative youth protect the environment
On October 10, the ‘Creative youth with environmental protection activities 2011’ festival was held at the Culture and Information Center of Hue City, by Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. It was an occasion to honor individuals and teams who had had creative ideas and practical, as well as effective, acts for protecting the environment.
The festival ran to October 12 with many activities including a youth and environment protection forum, a day to honor outstanding individuals in environmental protection, and photo exhibits.
Bac Kan: Valuable forests are now in danger
In many national parks, specialized forest and conservation centers, illegal exploitation of wood is still occurring on a daily basis and is becoming increasingly serious and complicated. In the last five years, there were 6,000 cases involving illegal activities with forest products. From January to September 2011, Bac Kan economic police have recorded 10 cases of illegal transport of forest products.
The main cause of this situation is the increasing demand for valuable and rare timber to build houses and make furniture. In addition, local people or forest owners do not have sufficient knowledge or awareness about forest protection. To add to the situation, the local authorities seem to be indifferent to regional forest management and protection.There is a need for authorities to direct sections and departments to work together, and to encourage more practical and timely acts for forest management and protection.
Status of International illegal wildlife trade
According to research in a British magazine, international illegal wildlife trade is considered to be an evil industry which leads to the extinction of wild animals all over the world. In a century, the number of tigers has decreased from 100,000 to 4,000. There were about 20,000 elephants killed for tusks. And in Vietnam, at least 12 wildlife species have disappeared in the last 40 years.
The main wildlife commodities, including tusks, rhino horns, tiger skins, wildlife meat and various kinds of colorful birds from Africa and South East Asia are touted to rich people for surprisingly high prices. Along with such benefits, many criminal and terrorist groups have become involved in illegal trade. In Africa, about 100 rangers devoted their life to forest protection due to insufficient arms and equipment. Not only wild animals, but also humans are being put in danger due to inadequate actions and resources to protect wildlife globally.
Hoang Hue Linh
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)