Quang Ninh: More than 150 kg of wildlife confiscated
On November 1, Quang Ninh authorities confiscated about 150 kg of wild birds which were being transported by car. The wildlife was then handed over to the Tien Yen district Forest Protection Department to process. The subject was fined VND 6 million.
Dak Lak: Over 200 kg of wild animals seized
On October 31, Dak Lak Environmental Police arrested three subjects who were carrying a large amount of wild animals on motorbikes. The confiscated animals weighed about 213 kg and included muntjacs, snakes, civets, monitor lizards and wild pigs. The subjects claimed that they bought the wildlife from local people in the Vietnamese-Cambodian border area and planned to sell them in Buon Ma Thuot City. The case is still under investigation.
Phu Yen: Wildlife released back into nature
On October 28, Tuy Hoa City Forest Protection Department in cooperation with local authorities released two grey-headed parakeets (Psittacula finschii), six mynas and 39 red-whiskered bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) into Chop Chai Mountain, Binh Kien district. Four days earlier, Phu Yen authorities had observed these wild animals being sold on a street near Sai Gon Beer Factory. The subject was fined VND 5,250,000.
Hanoi: Trade villages causing environmental pollution
Statistics show that there are about 300 certified trade villages in Hanoi. Although production activities of these villages have contributed to economic progress in the region, they have also polluted the capital’s environment, especially with sewage. Faced with this situation, the Hanoi People’s Committee has directed relevant departments to inspect trade complexes and villages which are causing pollution, and submit measures for improving their sewage treatment systems. Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has been asked to co-operate with the departments concerned, to push the progress of a project to rebuild sewage treatment plants in Hoai Duc district. The project has been implemented in order to reduce the amount of sewage releasedby trade villages into the Day and Nhue rivers.
Malaysia: Hundreds of rare snakes and turtles rescued
On October 27, Malaysian authorities seized 302 cobras, 145 turtles and a macaque from a resident house at the North of Kedah, near Thailand’s border. The two subjects claimed that they planned to transfer the wildlife to a restaurant in Thailand. The case in still under investigation and the two subjects may face fines and prison sentences.
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)