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No. 22, 11th March 2012

Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam : Efforts to protect marine turtles in Chua Mountain

SOURCES: - DATE: 5th March, 2012

In order to protect Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) from being caught for food and their carapaces, a Thit beach turtle protection team was established 10 years ago in Khai Hai town, Ninh Hai district, Ninh Thuan province with the support from the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). The team now has 8 members, who are all local fishermen. Since the start of the project, these volunteers have helped more than 50,000 Green Sea Turtle hatchlings to reach the safety of the sea. The fishermen claim not to participate in this project because of money ( they are only paid 150.000VND/~8USD a month) but because they feel in their hearts that protecting the species is the right thing to do.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

2. Dien Bien Province, Vietnam: Vietnamese wildlife market in China

SOURCES: - DATE: 9th March, 2012

“A Pa Chai”, (Sin Thau commune, Muong Nhe district) is a crowded market in Dien Bien province, where every ten days thousands of wild animals, alive and processed, are displayed in a small narrow street. All these animals are caught by local people in the Muong Nhe National Park, Dien Bien province, Vietnam. Most animals, such as turtles, urchins, deer, and birds are sold to Chinese traders, you can find there. Unfortunately, no action has been taken by the Vietnam authorities so far. ATP NOTE: one picture on the website showed a Manouria impressa being sold, this species is also listed under Vietnam's principal wildlife protection law Decree 32/2006-ND-CP as a group II protected species.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

3. Queensland, Australia: Australia shocked by allegations of turtles and dugongs being killed

DATE: 9th March, 2012

On March 9th, Australia has vowed to investigate allegations of turtles and dugongs being killed for the illegal wildlife trade. After a video was broadcasted on ABC showing a man killing a turtle (unknown species) before chopping off its legs, Queensland authorities are now demanding a serious investigation. Queensland is famous for the pristine biodiversity of its coral reefs, where many rare animals like turtles and dugongs used to occur.

Link 1 to this web article online (Vietnamese)

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Link 3 to this web article online (English)


4.  Quang Tri Province, Vietnam: Release of 13 wild animals to forest

DATE: 7th March, 2012

13 wild animals including 11 Striped-necked leaf turtles (Cyclemys oldhamii) and 2 individuals of Tailed–brush porcupines weighing more than 15 kg were released back to the forest by the FPD of Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province. These animals had been confiscated from an illegal wildlife shipment from Laos to Vietnam on the 2nd of March.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

Vietnam: Monstrous eating habits of rich Vietnamese people

SOURCES : - DATE: 11th March, 2012

Sadly, consuming wildlife has now become a common habit among many rich Vietnamese people. Wild and rare turtles, monkeys, snakes, tigers and many aquatic species are being consumed simply to demonstrate wealth and to affirm a certain social position. Spending thousands of dollars for just one ‘wildlife' meal is not uncommon for these people. Bad habits like this grow from a lack of education and are law-violating actions. ATP comments: sad but true despite increased awareness it seems even the new generation of young rich are pursuing such disgusting consumption primarily for status.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam: Confiscation of more than 830kg of wild animals in Ha Tinh

SOURCES: - DATE: 6th March 2012

On the 5th of March the Environment Police Department (Ministry of Public Security) in collaboration with Huong Son Forest Protection Department (FPD) seized 832.7 kg of wildlife including 747kg of monitors and 85.7kg of turtles. According to Huong Son FPD, the seized animals were transferred to Ha Tinh provincial FPD to be liquidated.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


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