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Vietnamese news on thanhnien.com.vn reports that environmental police uncovered another wildlife trafficking case in Thua Thien Hue province last week. While patrolling the streets at night, police stopped a man suspected of trafficking wildlife by motorbike on the way to Hue. His haul weighed nearly 20 kilograms and included three keeled box turtles (Cuora mouhotii), a common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), two masked palm civets (Paguma larvata) and a sunda pangolin (Manis javanica).
All the animals and goods confiscated were transferred to the Hue Forest Protection Department. With a swift follow up our case officers can report that all the live wildlife was released and deceased wildlife was incinerated and therefore will not be auctioned off.
This is yet another case of traffickers transporting illegal goods by motorbike, which often allows them to easily escape if they intercepted. This is just one small part of the continuing challenge the authorities face in reducing and preventing wildlife smuggling.
Photo courtesy of thanhnien.com.vn