Prosecuting a buyer of animal bones and pangolin scales for medicine

May 6, 2022

Hung admitted that the bones of wild animals and pangolin scales were bought from three unknown people along the Vietnam-Laos border to make medicine.

On May 6, the police of Bo Trach district (Quang Binh) said that they had prosecuted and detained Mai Thanh Hung for 4 months (born in 1992, currently living in Phong Nha town, Bo Trach district) for violating regulations on protection of endangered and rare animals.

According to the police, in 2021, Hung drove a truck with vehicle registration plate 73C-067.00, carrying dozens of kilograms of bones, horns of wild animals and scales of pangolins. When passing Km6 of Road 562, he was checked and discovered by a group of forest rangers of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park Forest Protection Department.

The Police Department of Bo Trach District has issued a decision to prosecute and arrest Mai Thanh Hung. Photo by DINH HOANG

Through solicitation of expertise, Quang Binh functional forces have identified the name, type and quantity of the above-mentioned goods, including: 5.9 kg of bones of Macaca assamensis, Rhesus macaques (red faced monkey) and yellow monkeys; 31.4 kg of chamois bones; 0.7 kg bones of brown-shanked douc and 0.7 kg scales of yellow pangolin.

All are on the list of endangered, precious and rare species prioritized for protection.

At the beginning of the investigation, Hung admitted that the above-mentioned forest animal bones and pangolin scales were purchased from 3 unidentified people along the Vietnam-Laos border (Thuong Trach commune, Bo Trach district) to make medicine.

Currently, the case is being investigated by the Bo Trach District Police.

Source: Phap luat


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