|A family of langurs. — Photo nhandan.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ TĨNH — Police in the central province of Hà Tĩnh have launched criminal proceedings against six local men for killing a rare langur.
Phan Trọng Sơn, 45; Thái Kim Hồng, 51; Phan Văn Hợi, 35; Thái Văn Sáng, 41; Thái Đình Quy, 58; and Thái Vinh Quang, 59 are investigated by Hương Khê District Police for violating laws on the protection of rare animals.
The men are also under home custody.
Earlier in December, Sơn hunted the langur and sold the rare mammal to Hồng. Hồng invited Hợi, Sáng, Quy and Quang to join him at Hợi’s home, where they killed the langur for meat to eat while they drank alcohol.
Police discovered the case thanks to a video stream live by Hợi on Facebook which showed the killing. It also showed the group drinking alcohol and eating the primate’s uncooked brain.
According to police, Sơn was investigated for hunting and trading the rare animal while the other five were charged for their involvement in its killing.
Many Vietnamese people continue to kill wild animals for meat to eat with alcohol. Hunting, caging, trading, transporting or killing protected wild animals are prohibited under Vietnamese law. — VNS