Vietnamese police find 20 dried primates after pulling over bus

By Ha An - Nam Anh, Thanh Nien News

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Some of 20 primate carcasses confiscated from a bus in Hanoi on January 28. Photo credit: news.zing

Police in the capital city of Hanoi busted the transport of 20 dried carcasses of a yet identified primate species on a bus Wednesday.
According to police, they discovered two smelly and suspicious sacks that contained the animal bodies on the bus driven by Do Xuan Phuong, 29. 
Phuong was pulled over for a traffic violation.
The man told police that he was hired by a person at a local bus station to deliver the sacks to the northern province of Thai Nguyen.
That person promised to call another person to collect them when the bus arrived in Thai Nguyen, he said, adding that he did not know the sender and the receiver.
The case is now being under investigation.
There are 26 primate species in Vietnam. Most of them are endangered and are protected from hunting, trade and transport under Vietnamese laws, including the douc langur. 
Many experts have warned that the use of primates in traditional folk medicine has posed a serious threat to them. 

Frozen carcasses of different wildlife species found at a house in the central province of Nghe An on January 27. Photo credit: Nghe An police

In other related news, police in the central province of Nghe An have arrested a local man, after they raided his house and found frozen wildlife carcasses that weighed over 450 kilograms in total, news website VnExpress reported on Thursday.
Police said among the carcasses confiscated at the basement of Tran Gia Ngu, 59, were those of 50 monkeys and 16 foxes and wild cats, including those prohibited from commercial uses.
They also discovered two living primates. 
Initial information is that Ngu bought the animals from hunters for sale.
It is unclear why police launched the raid in the first place. 
Investigation continues.

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