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Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) today presents the Outstanding Achievement Awards for Wildlife Protection to recognize the class-setting work of Vietnam’s law enforcement agencies and legal system.
Education for Nature – Vietnam has released the latest edition of its Wildlife Criminal Bulletin.
The numbers are just in for September and they make for healthy reading. A big thank you is due to the members of the public who used our toll-free wildlife crime hotline to report these violations.
Here is a breakdown our ENV’s September:
18 – live animals confiscated, comprising two otters, a python, seven macaques, two squirrels, six turtles (three elongated tortoises, three Malayan snail-eating turtles).
9 – live animals transferred voluntarily, comprising a pangolin, a loris, an eagle, an otter, and five macaques.
4 – wildlife products confiscated, comprising two bear paws, a wine jar containing langur paws, and 200 gm of langur TCM
2 – subjects arrested as a result of sting operations.
In other ‘highlights’ ENV’s wildlife crime unit had 55 violating posts removed and three Facebook accounts of illegal wildlife traders closed down. A bear bile signboard was removed in Ha Tinh and a violation on a menu in Lao Cai was removed.
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Rhinos are on the knife edge of extinction, driven in large part by consumer demand for rhino horn in Vietnam.
Together we can rewrite the rhino story and ensure there is another chapter, not an ending. Support ENV’s consumer demand reduction work by donating to our People for Rhinos appeal: http://bit.ly/people4rhinos
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An appeal court in Hanoi has upheld the sentence of a major player in Vietnam’s illegal tiger trading.
Pham Duc Hoa was busted last year in the capital’s Long Bien district along with three others while transporting a dead tiger. He will continue to serve his 15 months sentence based on the appeal verdict. The judges specifically referenced ENV’s intervention in the case and rejected the extenuating circumstances presented to the court by Pham Duc Hoa’s legal team.
Meanwhile, in a separate case, a female illegal wildlife internet trader was sentenced to 18 months for attempting to sell bear products on Facebook. The prison sentence could potentially have been longer but was reduced due to the subject now being pregnant.
Following the seizure of seven dead tiger cubs in July 2019, ENV congratulated Hanoi Police for their success on Voice of Vietnam radio show. However, ENV noted that prison time was necessary to deter future wildlife traffickers and teach current traffickers that the law will catch up to them. ENV advocated for the highest bracket of prison time for wildlife crime, 10-15 years imprisonment, based on the heinous nature of the crime and endangered status of tigers. on the Vietnamese legal system to prosecuted tiger kingpin, Nguyen Huu Hue, and his accomplices to the full extent of the law, up to 15 years imprisonment.
On January 15, 2020, the Vietnamese legal system prosecuted tiger kingpin Nguyen Huu Hue and sentenced him to six years in prison! His accomplices each received five years in prison for their participation.
According to the police, Nguyen Huu Hue has been leading the tiger trade throughout Vietnam for many years. Now, not only has his trafficking network been shut down, but with the prison sentence more wildlife traffickers will be discouraged to continue their illegal activity.
ENV was hoping for longer prison sentences, however, we are happy to see money could not buy these criminals out of prison time.
(Image credit: baomoi.com)
EN language newspaper report of the tiger cub seizure
The odds of a marine turtle making it to adulthood and reproducing are around 1000 to 1. Factor in exploitation for their meat, eggs and shells and the odds lengthen even further.
Today, we have launched a new fund-raising campaign to help ENV protect Vietnam’s internationally important marine turtle populations.
Check out the appeal page and campaign video here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/give-marine-turtles-a-chance
Please feel free to share the link with your own network. The short link we are using is http://bit.ly/turtleappeal
The central Vietnam city of Hue has outperformed any previous ENV consumer crime enforcement campaign results with a 100% reduction in violations following initial inspections of business establishments throughout the city.
The latest edition of the ENV Wildlife Crime Bulletin is out, so bag yourself a copy.
As usual, the publication highlights some of the most prominent issues behind the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam and the efforts of ENV and the authorities as partners in conservation. Download WCB-No-1-2019 today.
At the end of 2019, Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) will host Vietnam’s third Outstanding Achievement Awards for Wildlife Protection event in Hanoi.
The awards provide an ideal opportunity to recognize and honor those representatives of law enforcement agencies, the courts and procuracies, as well as some of the agencies they work for that have made important contributions to the protection of Vietnam’s wildlife.