Rescued individuals (Image: Environmental Crime Prevention Police)
On December 15, 2017, a team of 3 Police Divisions of Environmental Crime in collaboration with the Go Vap District Police Department in Ho Chi Minh City arrested an object (former Cao Lanh, Dong Thap) and confiscated it. 7 otters and 12 monkeys are alive. These individuals have been transferred to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens for nourishment and care.
In particular, today, December 19, 2017, the police of Ward 13, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City arrested an object while peddling five birds of prey on a motorbike on the road. The number of birds on prey has been released to the wild by Ward 13 police. Known earlier on December 5, the subject was also arrested with evidence of 13 bird of prey in Tan Binh district, Ho Chi Minh City.
Also today, the Forest Protection Department of Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province successfully rescued a pig tailed macaque being chained to a street vendor to attract tourists on Mui Ne beach. Reportedly, the peddler hurriedly ran away when he saw the arrival of the authorities, leaving the sales car and the monkey. Currently the monkey is being cared and nurtured by the Forest Protection Department, Phan Thiet City.
After receiving information from residents through the hotline 1800-1522, ENV quickly informed and coordinated with the relevant authorities to arrest the subjects and confiscate the exhibits.
The bird of prey is rescued (Image: Reporter)
Otter is an animal on the list of endangered precious and rare species prioritized for protection promulgated in Decree 160/2013 / ND-CP. Any act of hunting, catching, killing, transporting or trading otters is a criminal offense regardless of the quantity, volume or value of material evidence and may be subject to a maximum fine of up to 7 years of imprisonment in accordance with Article 190 of the 1999 Penal Code (amended and supplemented in 2009). Apes and birds of prey are also endangered, precious and rare species restricted from exploitation and use for commercial purposes under the provisions of Group IIB of Decree No. 32/2006 / ND-CP of March 30, 2006. of the Government on the List of endangered, precious and rare forest plants and animals and Appendix II to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Violations related to predators and rabbits, depending on their nature and seriousness, may be subject to administrative sanctions of up to VND 500 million as prescribed in Decree 157/2013 / ND-CP, amended by Decree 41/2017 / ND-CP.
Before a series of successful rescues of many wildlife species, Ms. Bui Thi Ha, Deputy Director of ENV said: “The attention, support from the community together with the drastic and timely action of the main functional agencies is the key to help detect and successfully handle violations of wildlife. ENV also hopes these incidents will once again be a wake-up call for violators to abandon their ambition to make illegal profits from rare wildlife species. ”
Individuals can contribute to the fight against wildlife by reporting wildlife hunting, trafficking, transporting or advertising to local authorities or by calling Go to the free hotline for wildlife protection 1800-1522.
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