Wildopeneye is very pleased to pass on some more good news from the war on wildlife crime in Vietnam. This communication is from Education For Nature Vietnam:
“Dear ENV Friends and Supporters,
Today, our team has been dancing in the office because their hard work has finally paid off. The head of a wildlife trade network, known as the ambulance man, has finally received a five year prison sentence and his associate got a three-year suspended sentence. Below is a quick summary of the case:
In Aug. 2013, we received a tip about a man transporting a frozen tiger in an ambulance from central Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City. However, when authorities stopped the vehicle and inspected it, they only found many fake license plates. According to the authority, the vehicle had definitely transported something earlier as there was still a strong smell in it.
One month later, in another attempt, authorities in another province stopped a car owned by the same people but they could not find anything.
We continued to investigate this network.
In Oct 2013 acting upon our information, authorities in another province inspected an ambulance and confiscated 49 pangolins, and the owner received approximately $22,000. At that time authorities could not prosecute him because pangolins were not strictly protected under the law (pangolins are now strictly protected and violations involving pangolins are now subject to prosecution).
Finally in Jan 2015, authorities in Ho Chi Minh City inspected an ambulance belonging to this network and confiscated two tigers, one leopard and pangolins. This time he was set for prosecution and today the head of the network got 5 years in prison and his female associate got three-year suspended sentence.
It took a long time to crack down on this network and we are very happy that we now can close this case. Hope you enjoy the news as much as we do.
Thank you all for your support of our important work.
Have a great day!
Education for Nature-Vietnam
Unit 1701, Building 17T5, Hoang Dao Thuy, Hanoi, Vietnam
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