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One of World’s Last Javan Rhinos Murdered by Poachers in Vietnam

Posted in Asia: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by kendickjerkins

A Javan rhino, one of the world’s rarest large mammals, has been found shot dead with its horn chopped off in a national park in southern Vietnam, a suspected victim of poachers.

A team of rangers found the rhino’s carcass April 29 inside Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province, said park official Bach Thanh Hai. It had already fully decayed, and authorities believe it could have died more than three months ago, he said.

Hai said the animal had been shot one time through the front leg and its horn — considered a valuable ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine — had been removed.

Authorities suspect that there are only three to five Javan rhinos left in Vietnam!

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150 dead elephants….. 2 Tons of Tusks Seized in Vietnam…

Posted in Africa: Elephants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2010 by kendickjerkins

About two and a half weeks ago there were 239 elephant tusks totaling 1.4 tons seized in Thailand and about a month before that another major shipment of illegal ivory was seized in Thailand.  Has this deterred smugglers? NO!  Instead they have decided to move their operations and on May 6 (yesterday) 2 tons of illegally smuggled elephant tusks were seized in the Vietnamese port of Haiphong.  The tusks were hidden in plastic sacks and covered with seaweed and were bound once again for China.  The shipment originated in Kenya, but thankfully Vietnamese officials managed to intercept it, resulting in the biggest seizure of all time in Vietnam.  Though the ivory was headed for China it also sells well in Vietnam, and until  the market for illegal ivory is destroyed these shipments, and hopefully seizures, will continue.

Ivory seized in Kneya that would most likely have been on its way to Southeast Asia or China.

A case full of goods carved out of ivory for sale in a Vietnamese Market.

The trunk…

The face.

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Pangolins….The Other Bushmeat

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Throughout much of Southeast Asia and countries like Vietnam there is still a thriving market for bushmeat and animal parts. The fact of the matter is that it’s still culturally acceptable in some of these countries to eat these animals and use their parts for medicinal purposes. Saturday, security staff at southern Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport on Saturday confiscated 33 live Pangolins, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported. The pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, had been sold to customers in the country’s north at a price of one million dong (53 dollars) per kilogram, Tuoi Tre reported.

Demand for pangolin meat, with its supposedly medicinal and aphrodisiac qualities, is widespread in China and Vietnam. There is a high demand for pangolin scales for traditional medicines in many parts of the world. Meat is eaten by indigenous peoples and hides are also used to make shoes. One of the main importers of pangolin skins from 1980-1985 was the United States of America. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list pangolins as endangered.

Separately, Vietnamese police have seized about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of ivory near the border with China, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Traffic police made the discovery after stopping a car early Friday morning, said Tuoi Tre, which did not say if any arrests were made.

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