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At midnight August 11th, two tiger carcasses were discovered by police in a local restaurant in South Vietnam.
Earlier this week, we reported that 1.4 tons of pangolin scales (from as many as 10,000 animals) had been confiscated from a shipping container entering Vietnam from Sierra Leone. The increase of cases involving African species of pangolins is thought to be due to the rapidly decreasing numbers of Asian pangolins. Now, the IUCN Red List, which documents the threat levels to species around the world, has upgraded both of Vietnam’s native pangolin species from “Endangered” to “Critically Endangered”.
Every year more and more rhinos are being poached in South Africa. In the first half of 2014, 558 rhinos have already been poached.
Police arrest two Korean nationals for their role in promoting bear bile tourism in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay and Hai Duong province. The arrests at the end of May in Vietnam followed issuance of warrants in South Korean.
Last Friday evening, patrolling police in Nghe An, in central Vietnam, saved 2 rare Indochinese tigers while chasing a truck on the national highway.
Over 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2013, fuelled by a demand for their horns in Asian countries, where they are believed to have medicinal properties.
Vietnamese news on nhandan.com,vn reports that last Friday, a sea turtle in Thua Thien Hue province was successfully released into the wild as a result of the actions of some fishermen who were well informed about wildlife protection.
ENV has received new information from the court that four poachers have been convincted for killing three Indochinese silvered langurs in Phu Quoc National Park; two of the accused have been sentenced to two years in prison, whilst the other two hunters have been sentenced to two years and six months.
Back in 2012, Vietnamese Customs at Da Nang airport exposed a major ivory trafficking case; 70 kilograms of elephant tusks were discovered during an inspection of two suspicious suitcases. After initial investigations, the owner of the two cases admitted that he had been hired by another man to traffic these illegal wildlife products from Angola.
Vietnamese news on vnexpress.net reports that Vietnamese Customs in Ho Chi Minh City exposed an ivory rhino horn trafficking case on February 12. While checking a suspicious parcel which was mistakenly transferred to Ho Chi Minh City from France, rather than Hanoi, they discovered three white tusk-shaped objects.