Three bears are taken to a bear protection centre in northern Ninh Bình Province. — VNA/VNS Photo
NGHỆ AN — Three bears that had been illegally kept in captivity in the central province of Nghệ An have been transferred to a bear protection centre in the northern province of Ninh Bình.
According to the Education for Nature (ENV), after receiving information about the violation from locals in Nghệ An, the centre identified the location where the bears were captured and asked local authorities to respond quickly to save the bears.
Nghệ An is one of the hot spots in the illegal trade of wildlife animals and their products, especially ivory, rhino horn, tiger and pangolin.
ENV data from 2010 shows that 119 violations nationwide are related to Nghệ An, a large proportion compared to that of other localities.
According to the centre, nearly 700 bears are being kept in captivity throughout the country. Evidence shows that they are being kept for their bile or for illegal trading. — VNS