QUANG NAM (VNS)— A large contingent of animals rescued from illegal poaching and smuggling operations were released on Saturday in central Quang Nam Province.
The release, performed by the provincial forest management and protection authorities, set free a collection of snakes, tortoises and a 2.5kg civet into protected forest areas in Phu Ninh District.
The animals were recovered by the province's interdisciplinary task force in operations between January 7 and January 10.
They were in the possession of local handlers in Tam Dan Commune until their release on Saturday.
In response to increases in demand for wildlife ahead of the upcoming Tet holiday, provincial forces are collaborating to ramp up inspections to stop the poaching, smuggling and consumption of protected animals