4 jailed for slaughtering endangered douc langurs in Vietnam

By Thanh Nien News, TN News

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The carcass of an Indochinese silvered langur found in Phu Quoc National Park on July 30, 2013 The carcass of an Indochinese silvered langur found in Phu Quoc National Park on July 30, 2013
A court in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has handed down jail terms to four locals for slaughtering three endangered douc langurs in a national park last year, non-profit organization Wildlife At Risk (WAR) said in a release Wednesday.
Vo Van Thong, 38, and Nguyen Minh Ha, 36, were sentenced to two and a half years each while Duong Cong Luc, 37, and Huynh Huu Loc, 35, received two years each.
The four, residing in Phu Quoc District, were charged with “violating regulations on protection of wild animals.”
On July 30 last year, rangers of Phu Quoc National Park who were on a patrol caught the four in the act of slaughtering three douc langurs in the park.
The group confessed they had shot the langurs before beheading and disemboweling them to take their meat.
The rangers found a gun, a hammer, three knives and two motorbikes at the scene of the slaughtering.
The group was arrested afterwards. The carcasses of the langurs were identified as of Indochinese silvered langur – an endangered species native to Kien Giang.
The species is categorized as “vulnerable” in Vietnam's Red Data Book, according to WAR.

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