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ATP WEEKLY BULLETIN

No. 5, 13th November 2011

 

1. Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. More than 5000 wild animals were released into U Minh Ha forest

SOURCE: thiennhien.net- DATE: 9th November 2011

About 5,000 wild animals including snakes, birds and turtles were released into U Minh Ha National Park, Ca Mau province, Vietnam. It is the third time that Ca Mau has returned wild animals back into the forest brings the total number of released animals to 10,000 individuals in 2011.

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2. The Mekong Delta. Hunting turtles in the flooding season

SOURCE: tuoitre.vn- DATE: 7th November 2011

Every year in early August the Mekong River and Cuu Long River Delta in southern Vietnam are flooded. The rising water levels are disastrous for many people who live in the Mekong Delta region. However, the flood also offers many possibilities for fishermen & country boys to go hunting for animals in the flooded streams, including fish, snakes and turtles and finding vegetables. Equipped with simple fishing tools they go out in small groups to hunt snakes and soft-shell turtles (known locally as Cua dinh, Amyda cartilaginea and Ba ba, Pelodiscus sinensis, which are considered a delicacy in the region.

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3. Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Five endangered sea turtles released back to the sea

SOURCE: thanhnien.com- DATE: 7th November 2011

On Saturday the 5 th of November 2011, a group of inspectors from the Binh Thuan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found five sea turtles (approximately 76cm wide, 84cm long, and 80kg/per turtle) in a well (3m deep) at the home of Pham Van Toan and Chau Van Thuy in Phu Quy District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. The two residents hid them with the intent to slaughter them later. One official of the department explained that this species is critically endangered and protected by Vietnamese laws. The five lucky sea turtles were released back to the sea the following day.

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4. Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Two Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) were released back to the sea

SOURCE: vietnamplus.vn – DATE: 8th November 2011

On the 8 th of November 2011, the Khanh Hoa Province Department of Fisheries resources Exploitation and protection cooperated with a private enterprise, Phuoc Tho, Ltd, to release two Hawksbill sea turtles (known locally as Đồi mồi) into the sea at Hon Mot beach, Vinh Hoa, Nha Trang city. This turtle species is on the Red List of endangered species and each individual weighed about 20 kilograms. Mr. Nguyen Quoc Bao the director of Phuoc Tho, Ltd notified the Binh Thuan Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development after repurchasing the turtles from unknown residents for a price of 500.000VND.

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5. Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. Wild animals offered as food in a restaurant

SOURCE: phapluattp.vn- DATE: 5th November 2011

On the 4 th of November 2011, the Environmental Police (C49) found many wild species protected from hunting and trading in a restaurant in Vinh An district, Dong Ngai province, Vietnam which is also a breeding farm for wild animals. After the inspection an official of C49 said that the restaurant owner took advantage of his wildlife breeder's license and collected wild animals in order to meet the huge demand in restaurants. Many species were seized; including two freshwater turtles of unidentified species.

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6. News. Turtle stewed with beets and different kinds of herbs can treat health problems

SOURCE: suckhoedoisong.vn- DATE: 5th November 2011

Turtle meat is considered to be an important and nutritious ingredient in some food dishes that are rumored to be beneficial for people's health. Turtle stewed with beet and herbs is supposed to be good for people's eyes, ears, kidneys and if you feel weak. Unfortunately articles such as this as still relative common promoting uses for wildlife without conservation considerations and often promoting illegal use of protected animals.

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7. News. The meaning of turtles in Vietnamese culture

SOURCE: giadinh.net- DATE: 8th November 2011

In Vietnam, the turtle symbolizes fortune, prosperity and safety. The elderly often say that people will be lucky if they have a turtle statue in the northern corner of their house or office.

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8. Hawaii. Riding a sea turtle stirs controversy

SOURCE: anninhthudo.vn- DATE: 4th November 2011

An athlete, Jamie O'Brien was criticized after posting a picture showing him riding on a turtle's back. He can be fined up to thousand dollars because he was violating the state's law against harassing wild species.

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9. Phu Yen Province, Vietnam. A local resident raises 100 rare turtles

SOURCE: danviet.vn – DATE: 9th November 2011

Mr. Pham Ngoc Hoang has successfully bred 110 Vietnamese Pond turtles (local name: Rùa nước, Mauremys annamensis) in his home. In 2000 he realized how valuable and important this turtle species had become and that it was threatened with extinction. For this reason he requested a license to breed turtles. Currently, Mr. Pham Ngoc Hoang is investing 10,000,000 VND ($480) to build a facility for his turtles for commercial breeding.

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