Two-year jail term for selling wildlife to Vietnam’s rich
Date: January 14, 2011
Knowing that the wealthy are the most likely to purchase wild animals, their parts or derivatives to mix and consume with alcohol to make them feel stronger and more invigorated, wildlife trader Mr. Ho Ngoc Hue collected wildlife specialties to sell to customers and restaurants.
On January 14, 2011, the Ho Chi Minh City People's Court rejected an appeal made by the wildlife trader and upheld a two-year jail sentence for “violation of regulations on animal protection for animals listed as endangered, precious and rare priority protection species”.
Hue has been collecting wildlife and making huge profits since 2004, and has already received two fines of VND 5 million each from the Ho Chi Minh Forest Protection Department (FPD) acting on behalf of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department.
On March 19, 2010, Ho Chi Minh City’s mobile FPD team working with Environmental Police discovered 43kg of live animal species in Hue’s home, including the King cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah), loris and water monitor (Varanus salvator).
Authorities later transferred the wildlife to the Cu Chi Rescue Center and carried out tests. Police were later informed the tests showed that the animals were species protected by law and “not to be used for commercial purposes”.
Translated by Hoang Quynh Trang, trainee from the CPA on January 17, 2011; Edited by Simone Nance on Jan 19 2011
Please note: Translated by Education for Nature – Vietnam. This translation is unofficial in nature. The Vietnamese language version of this story can be obtained by contacting ENV