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Article originally appeared on TRAFFIC website: http://www.traffic.org/home/2009/1/19/hanois-environmental-police-record-largest-ever-seizure.html
More than two tonnes of illegal wildlife products seized in Dong Da district
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 19 January 2009—Hanoi’s Environmental Police have made their largest-ever seizure of wildlife products following the confiscation of more than two tonnes of bones from a store in Dong Da district, Hanoi, on 10 January.
Environmental Police first stopped a man transporting a set of tiger bones and ten kilograms of serow bones and horns by motorbike in Ba Dinh district. Following investigations, they raided the end destination of the products, a store belonging to Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam, and discovered another set of tiger bones, six frozen pieces of tiger skin, seven bear paws, 16 bear gall bladders, six porcupine stomachs and 69 bags of bones from various wild animals. Her testimony led to a third and final arrest of a man manufacturing the tiger bone gel found in Ms Tam’s warehouse.
Below is a message that was written by Julie Trump, a volunteer who worked at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and the bear at BSBCC last year. Julie fall in love immediately with the sun bears at the center after taking care of them during her stay at the center for sometime to learn more about them and their plights. After returning to her home country in UK, Julie has helped us setting up Bornean Sun Bear Conservation UK, a charity organization in UK that will help us fundraising and raise conservation awareness in UK. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Julie and all of her friends who are helping us setting up BSBC-UK. I really hope this charity organization marks a new era of sun bear conservation in UK and the rest of the world!Long live the sun bears!
Since returning last summer from a second visit to Borneo and seeing the endearing sun bears again, I have been fund-raising in the UK to help in some way to raise, not only money but also awareness for the sun bears at Sepilok, in Sabah and try to help the good work of Siew Te Wong and the team for the BSBCC. I have been fortunate enough to have kept in contact with other ex-volunteers and bear fans as well as being introduced to others keen to help the cause by Siew Te Wong. Following his encouragement and support we now have a charity bank account for ‘Bornean Sun Bear Conservation UK’ with the aim of registering the charity with the UK Charities Commission this year. Towards the end of 2008 I ran in a sponsored half-marathon and organised a charity fashion sale and have two more events planned for this month and February. The other girls, Anna, Lindsey, Fiona and Rebecca are also planning events. All monies raised will be collected and transferred to the BSBCC in Borneo via the UK charity. It would be great if anyone out there would be interested in helping us with the charity, so please contact me at the following e-mail address if you would like to know more or have any ideas or donations.
E-mail Julie Trump, Newbury Park, Essex at: