Man fined for mass slaughter of monkeys in central Vietnam

By Pham Duc - Manh Cuong, Thanh Nien News

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Le Ba Thuan at a Nghe An Province's police station. He has been fined for slaughtering six monkeys. Photo: Pham Duc Le Ba Thuan at a Nghe An Province's police station. He has been fined for slaughtering six monkeys. Photo: Pham Duc

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Forest protection officers in the central province of Nghe An have announced a fine against a local man for slaughtering six monkeys early this month.
Le Ba Thuan, 49, has been ordered to pay VND5.25 million (US$234) for killing the protected animals.
Thuan confessed that he bought the monkeys for VND3 million and slaughtered them, together with 12 cats, to make a glue-like product, which some people believe can have medicinal properties.
The case was detected after the environment protection group Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) reported to Nghe An authorities that it had seen terrifying photos of many monkeys being slaughtered on a Facebook page.
The Facebook page belongs to Chu Van Cuong, 26.
Cuong later confessed that he took the photos at Thuan’s house and posted them to get attention.
Le Ngoc Huu, chief park ranger of Hoang Mai District in Nghe An, said Cuong will not be fined because he was not involved in the slaughter. 
However, a falcon has been found at his house.
“We are studying the bird. Cuong will face criminal charges if it's an endangered species” Huu said.
Huu said park rangers are also investigating if Thuan is linked to an organized wildlife trading ring.

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