Men receive prison sentences for hunting rare animal
  • | ttvh, dtinews.vn | June 26, 2019 01:51 PM
Five people in Nghe An Province have been sentenced to a total nearly 14 years in prison for hunting rare animals.


Phayre's leaf monkeys found in Hon Do Mountain in Quang Nam Province

On June 25, Nguyen Van Thai, director of Save Vietnam's Wildlife said five people who hunted the Phayre's leaf monkeys have been sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison by Con Cuong District People's Court. The judge already took into account extenuating circumstances that the men are from the ethnic minority group with difficult backgrounds.

The court which was held the same day, gave four years of imprisonment sentence to Lo Van Hang, three years to Vieng Van Thuy, two years to Lo Van Hau and Vi Van Hai and 30 months to Vieng Van Sinh.

The men were invited to a workshop on wildlife protection law held by Pu Mat National Park and Save Vietnam's Wildlife held in Nghe An Province on January 10, but they went hunting.

On January 9, Hang's group set up a plan to hunt wild animals in Pu Mat National Park with guns and traps. Two days later, they saw two Phayre's leaf monkeys and killed both of them. They were discovered when the guards checked on Hang's tents in the afternoon.

The guards found the Phayre's leaf monkey's bodies, five guns, five knives, many traps, remains of a wild boar and a live boar.

Thai said this was the first wild animal hunting case was brought to court since 2005. He hoped that this case will be a deterrent to other hunters. Tran Xuan Cuong, director of Pu Mat National Park, emphasised that all hunting activities are banned. The guards would patrol more frequently and strictly deal with violators.

Since late 2018, Pu Mat National Park has held 12 conferences about wildlife protection law to raise public awareness. Pu Mat National Park and Save Vietnam's Wildlife are working together to rescue animals from illegal trade and release them to the wild.

The Phayre's leaf monkeys are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and are threatened by hunting and loss of habitat.

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