Hai Duong: 300 kg of pangolin seized
On October 24, Hai Duong authorities stopped a speeding car and discovered 75 pangolins weighing 333 kg which were hidden in bags and cardboard boxes. Most of the pangolins were dead due to being kept in these conditions for a long time. The case is still under investigation.
Pangolins belong to group IIB of Decree 32/ND-CP – the group of rare wild animals limited from being held in captivity, hunted, traded or killed.
Ho Chi Minh City: About 300 cases involving violation of environmental protection law
According to Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Police, from January to November 2011, there were about 300 cases involving violation of environmental protection law, mostly in Binh Chanh and Cu Chi districts. The businesses in the region pollute the environment by illegally storing, transporting and disposing of untreated industrial waste into nature. Despite the fact that these activities have been causing negative impacts, these businesses do not try to find suitable solutions for the issue but keep releasing waste, even ignoring administrative punishment from local authorities.
Quang Ngai: Marine species near Ly Son Island disappearing
According to scientists, the aquatic species in the area of Ly Son Island in Quang Ngai province have been vanishing. The results of many research projects show that there are over 700 species of flora and fauna, with nearly 140 species of seaweed, 157 species of coral, seven species of sea grasses, 40 species of echinoderms, 200 species of coral reef fish and 96 species of crustacean in this area. However, the biodiversity of species is gradually declining, mainly due to over-exploitation and free discharge of waste into the environment.
Hanoi: Wild animals sold on streets
It is a fact that on many streets in Hanoi such as Le Duan, Yen Phu and Giai Phong, there are many people selling wild animals including scorpions, geckos, snakes and wild birds. They usually carry only a small amount to sell in order to avoid being caught by the police, if caught they only face confiscation and light fines. If guests wish to buy a large amount, they have to order in advance. The sales men acknowledge their conduct and activities are illegal, but they still violate the law because of the profit. The local authorities should apply more strict and thorough methods to handle these cases.
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)