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Authorities have confiscated 11 African elephant tusks from Ethiopia at Suvarnabhumi Airport and arrested a Vietnamese man who was trying to smuggle them out of the country.
Vietnamese hunters make up the Majority of the total number of licenses Granted to rhino hunters in South Africa last year, according to the South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Borno Edith Edna Molewa.
Vietnam and South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to preserve and protect Biological diversity, announced the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at a press conference in Hanoi on December 10.
After hearing rumors that rhino horn could help to detoxify and treat many diseases, Mrs. Hoa (Hoang Mai district, Hanoi) bought it without even considering the price. However, after a period of use rhino horn, she felt tired and had developed red spots on her face.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is composing a draft decision to completely ban the importing of all endangered wild animal species such as rhino, tiger, pangolin, black bear/ sun bear to be imported to Vietnam. The Prime Minister is expected to sign off on the decision by the end of the year.
On August 11, Phu Yen authorities confiscated 16 Vietnamese pond turtles (Mauremys annamensis) while raiding a house in Dong Hoa district. All the confiscated turtles were found to be in poor health. Dong Hoa FPD immediately auctioned off the turtles to a local registered wildlife establishment one day later.
On October 12, 2011, Mr. Nguyen Ba Toan, a fisherman, caught a 25.5 kg Asiatic soft-shell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea), measuring 1 m in length and 0.6 m in width. Two days later, the turtle was sold to a Chinese man.
The world has been turned upside down on long-time suspected tiger trader Huynh Van Hai, owner of the Than Canh Tourism Park in Binh Duong province. Hai was sentenced on March 10 to three years in prison for selling tigers out the back door of his park, fourteen other people linked to Hai’s illegal activities, including his son, received sentences ranging from 18 months’ probation to 30 months in prison. In addition to imprisonment, Hai and two other subjects were fined more than VND 1.4 billion (about USD 70,000.00).