Forest rangers in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on August 21 seized around 130 kilograms of wildlife meat and dozens of animals, including protected species, from local restaurants.
Their raid of restaurants in Da Lat netted 123 live animals, including seven civets, five lizards, and a pangolin, all listed in Vietnam's Red Book of endangered species.
Dead pangolins and snakes were also found soaked in rice wine to be sold as a kind of Chinese medicine and tonic.
In 2009 and 2010 the World Wildlife Fund and its Vietnamese partners began the Green Restaurant Campaign, encouraging restaurants not to serve the meat of wild animals.
It was supported by at least 200 restaurants in Hanoi and nearby Nam Dinh Province.
Vietnamese law prescribes a minimum fine of VND50 million (US$2,400) or up to three years in jail for killing, possessing, or trading rare or endangered animals.
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