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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.
Vietnamese news on vnexpress.net reports that three days ago Hanoi police exposed a major wildlife trafficking case. Drawing on intelligence, they intercepted a suspicious motorbike and discovered 23 king cobras hidden in a foam box.
The London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade was held yesterday with the participation of leaders and delegates from 46 nations, including Vietnam, and concluded with a declaration to combat illegal wildlife trade.
The United States have announced a National Strategy which establishes guiding principles for the USA’s efforts in tackling the illegal trade in wildlife.
Vietnamese news on xahoi.com.vn reports that on January 8, Hanoi Customs at Noi Bai international airport and local police discovered a major wildlife trafficking case. While checking parcels of cigarettes and seeds in the flight from Russia to Vietnam, they found 40 kilograms of wildlife bones, suspected to be from tigers. The bones were confiscated for further investigation.
According to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, a total of 1,004 South African rhinos were killed for their horns in 2013, making it the worst year so far for illegal rhino poaching in the country.