Man probed for mass slaughter of monkeys in central Vietnam (GRAPHIC IMAGES)

By Khanh Hoan, Thanh Nien News

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Chu Van Cuong is interrogated by forest protection officers. Photo credit: Zing.vn Chu Van Cuong is interrogated by forest protection officers. Photo credit: Zing.vn

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Nghe An authorities are investigating a local man accused of killing many monkeys and posting graphic photos of the slaughter on Facebook.
Police in Quynh Lap Commune confirmed that the man in question is Chu Van Cuong, 24.
Nguyen Van Huu, a senior forest ranger, said his agency has inspected his house but found no monkey. 
“Although there is no evidence at his house, we are coordinating with the police to investigate the photos posted on his Facebook,” he told Thanh Nien on Thursday.
Earlier on Wednesday, the environment protection group Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) told the media that it has seen photos of many monkeys being slaughtered on a Facebook page since January 2.
“It was terrible to see brutal killings of wild animals like this… ENV proposes that relevant agencies probe and take strict measures,” said ENV vice director Nguyen Phuong Dung.
According to ENV, Cuong can be a link in a major racket that trades and processes wild animal products in the area.
On his Facebook, Cuong posted 10 photos of monkeys being killed and processed to make the so-called monkey bone glue, which some people believe can have medicinal properties.
The photos have attracted much criticism. 
Cuong’s father, Chu Van Thinh is a retired park ranger and the family used to cook monkey glue, Tuoi Tre reported.
Primates are protected animals in Vietnam. People caught hunting, trading and keeping the animals can be punished by jail terms of up to 12 years and an additional fine of up to VND500 million (US$22,200).
 

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