3 Vietnamese jailed for killing endangered monkeys

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A court in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum sentenced three men to a total of five years and four months in jail on Saturday for killing two rare monkeys.

Gruesome photos of the massacred monkeys had been posted on Facebook earlier.

Bui Van Hung was sentenced to one year in jail, Ha Van Tu to two years, and Ha Van Que two years and four months.

The three, who all hailed from nearby provinces, poached two gray-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix cinerea), a species native to central Vietnam and critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.

They sold the monkeys for VND1.2 million (US$56.6) last July to a group of three soldiers, who were later dismissed from the army for their involvement.

One soldier, Nguyen Van Quang, 20, kicked off a public fury by posting photos of them being cruel to the animals, including inserting a lighted cigarette into the mouth of one monkey and the process of the animals being skinned, on his Facebook page.

Several of the soldiers' commanding officers were censured.

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