At 14:00 pm on 15 November 2018, Rangers in Pu Mat National Park arrested a suspect for illegal wildlife trade in Chi Khe commune, Con Cuong district, Nghe An. The examination’s results showed that she is carrying a red junglefowl, two common palm civets weighing 4.3 kg, and 1.9 kg of wild boar. The red junglefowl and common palm civets died at the scene. She was supposed to sell these to a male customer. Taken advantage of the crowded situation, the man had escaped.
After the arrest, the Rangers took the woman to Pu Mat National Park and identified her as H. living in Con Cuong district, Nghe An. She was transporting to a man in Con Cuong Town who intended these as gifts for his friend in Vinh. We also discovered that H. and her customer have been in contact with each other via Facebook. Accessing H.’s Facebook page, displayed as “H. K.”, who is a seasoned seller of wildlife meat (wild boar, weasel), dried animals (Sumatran serow, Tokay gecko), wild forest orchid. H. also publicized her personal phone number on Facebook.
Recently, Pu Mat National Park in collaboration with the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) has successfully organized three workshops on “Strengthening inter-sectoral cooperation in promoting law enforcement of wildlife protection” in Tuong Duong, Con Cuong and Anh Son districts. Following the success of these district-level workshops, Pu Mat National Park and SVW will also organize other workshops with the local community of communes and villages in the buffer zone, in order to educate them about wildlife protection law and discuss measures to protect wildlife.
Mr. Tran Xuan Cuong, Director of Pu Mat National Park, said: “We have set up a hotline number” 0966000353 ” to encourage everyone to inform any violations of wildlife protection law. Thanks to the efforts of this advocacy in the local community, people like Ms.H. have been reported.” According to Save Vietnam’s Wildlife and Pu Mat National Park, for more effective implementation of law enforcement in wildlife protection, it is necessary to stress the crucial role of the involvement and cooperation of everyone. Therefore, Pu Mat NP encourages people to share information and report any illegal activities against wildlife protection law via our hotline: 0966000353. In addition, we already established our campaign’s Facebook page “Protect together Pu Mat forest” (https://www.facebook.com/RungPuMat/) to constantly update on our wildlife protection efforts, raise awareness about the forest protection law and wildlife knowledge, and call for action from villagers, encourage people to report violations in 3 districts of Anh Son, Con Cuong and Tuong Duong in Nghe An province.
Mr. Nguyen Van Thai, Director of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife said, “The case of H. is not only a lesson for those who defy the law, still continue their illegal hunting, trading and consuming wildlife products, but also a positive sign of the effectiveness of local law enforcement. Our organization will continue to promote the cooperation between local authorities and Pu Mat National Park, standing side by side towards our common goal of efficiently protecting Pu Mat forest and wildlife.”