Wild animals saved from restaurants in central Vietnam

By Bui Ngoc Long, Thanh Nien News

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A weasel seized from a local house in Thua Thien-Hue Province on March 26, 2016 before it is delivered to a local restaurant. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong A weasel seized from a local house in Thua Thien-Hue Province on March 26, 2016 before it is delivered to a local restaurant. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong

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Police in Thua Thien-Hue Province in central Vietnam on Saturday seized many wild animals and nearly 50 kilograms of wild meat which was to be supplied to local restaurants and consumers in the north.
A raid at the house of Nguyen Thi Mai, a local woman, found live cobras, tortoises and weasels and nearly 50 kilograms of frozen meat from wild pig, monkey and weasel.
Mai said she bought the animals and meat from various sources and will resell them to restaurants in the northern region.
A new study by experts from wildlife experts from the University Germany and WWF Germany found wild meat consumption to be “common” in Thua Thien-Hue.
The study interviewed 329 Hue citizens and found around 60 percent were “current wild meat consumers” and the most common species consumed was wild pig.
Most wild meat consumption in Hue, more than 70 percent of the cases, took place in restaurants, according to the study which surveyed 20 restaurants.

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