The present ID system and DNA checks cannot stop poachers taking Gang convicted of stealing ostriches A court in Vietnam has convicted 29 people of stealing dozens of ostriches, porcupines, pythons and other animals from enclosures at animal centres and selling their meat to restaurants."They confessed and repented for their crimes, so the court gave them reduced sentences," said Le Thi Huong, chairwoman of the People's Court of the southern province of Dong Nai.They then sold the animals to restaurants, netting nearly 0.5 billion dong ($A39,194).A military court already sentenced Khau to 9-1/2 years in prison in 2007 for stealing and killing a tiger from the Centre for Medicine Research and Production of Military Zone Number 9.The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has estimated that there are 3,000 elephants living in the wild and another 3,000 on farms.Poachers take elephants from the wild and domesticate them so they can be traded legally at home or sent overseas.The centres, located in Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring provinces, were licensed to raise animals for research.
"This can help protect them from poaching." The process would take at least five years.
The leader of the group, Huynh Van Khau, was sentenced to five years in prison, while 28 other defendants got one and two years in prison.
According to the indictment, Khau and his accomplices stole captive wild animals from authorised wild animal centres on over 30 occasions.
Ministry orders halt to elephant exports Newspaper section: News Elephant exports will be suspended for at least five years until a new registration process for the captive beasts is complete, says the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.
Better records on elephants born on farms are needed, including new ID cards, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti said yesterday.
The Vietnamese national health Pig suckles baby tigers at Thailand zoo A Thai zoo hoping to tame its tigers is letting a sow suckle a pair of cubs, while a tigeress takes care of some of her piglets.