|Buôn Ma Thuột City police seize materials from Biển Rừng restaurant for further investigation. — VNA/VNS Photo|
ĐẮK LẮK –– Buôn Ma Thuột police in the Central Highlands (Tây Nguyên) province of Gia Lai have seized 51 wild animals at a restaurant in the city’s Tân Tiến Ward.
Biển Rừng Restaurant at 231 Nguyễn Thị Định Street was discovered to be involved in an illegal wildlife transporting case.
Last Saturday, police caught Nguyễn Mạnh Hà, 40, while he was transporting two live minks in the city.
Hà, a resident of Thành Nhất Ward, failed to present legal papers proving the origin of the wild animals, saying only that he bought them from Biển Rừng Restaurant.
The same night, city police examined the restaurant and discovered 12 minks, nine snakes, 27 bamboo rats and three turtles hidden in the garden behind the restaurant. Its owner, Nguyễn Đức Hoán, 62, had no legal papers proving the origin of the animals.
The police team temporarily seized all the animals for further investigation in accordance with the law.
Biển Rừng Restaurant was registered to operate in 2005. –– VNS