12 pangolins rescued from illegal traders in southern Vietnam

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Pangolins found at a house rented by Vo Ta Dung in Binh Duong Province on December 26, 2015. Photo credit: Trung Kien/Dan Tri Pangolins found at a house rented by Vo Ta Dung in Binh Duong Province on December 26, 2015. Photo credit: Trung Kien/Dan Tri

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Police have arrested a man in the southern province of Binh Duong for allegedly possessing 11 pangolins he planned to sell for their meat.
Vo Ta Dung was arrested on charges of violating wildlife protection regulations, according to media reports.
On December 26 the environment police had caught two other men, Nguyen Van Huan and Vo Ta Dung, the arrestee’s nephews, carrying three pangolins weighing 19kg on a street in District 12.
A subsequent raid of Dung’s house in Binh Duong led to the seizure of eight more pangolins.
Dung said he came from his native Ha Tinh Province to Binh Duong in August and rented a house to live in and store pangolins.
He hired Dung and Huan to transport the animals.
On December 26 Dung agreed to buy three pangolins from Tran Thi Tien for VND45.7 million (US$2,032). His nephews were caught when they were transporting the animals bought from Tien.
At the police station Tien admitted to selling them and handed over another pangolin she had.
The police decided not to arrest Tien because she is taking care of her baby.
Wildlife trading remains a problem in Vietnam.
On Tuesday, Action for Wildlife Organization announced plans to survey young people’s attitude toward wildlife protection.
The wildlife nonprofit seeks to improve local youths' awareness of protecting the country’s wildlife and biodiversity through a program to be developed based on the survey findings.
Last week another NGO, Wildlife At Risk, organized several activities for students and tourists on Phu Quoc Island to raise awareness of protecting the dugong and the environment in the beautiful island district.

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