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Animal hunters face criminal charges

Update: March, 02/2015 - 09:01
Ha Tinh langur. — Photo baodatviet

QUANG BINH (VNS) — The management board of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh issued two documents last week outlining legal proceedings against violations of regulations on protecting animals on the list of rare species.

Of the two accused cases, Doan Xuan Hoa from the Bo Trach District was discovered in December last year to be transporting a dead wild animal weighing eight kilogramme and was unable to produce documentation proving a legitimate origin for the animal.

The animal was found to be a Ha Tinh langur (Trachypithecus hatinhensis) - an endangered primate species included in Viet Nam's red book.

One month later, the local forest rangers found three men from Bo Trach District carrying three bags containing 52 kilos of meat, leather, bone, internal organs and legs of wild animals, which was then identified to belong to the forest's chamois. The animals are listed as being forbidden to be hunted and killed in the Penal Code. — VNS

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