A joint inspection team in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have found and seized six live endangered wild animals in two restaurants.
At Thien Son Restaurant in Lam Ha District, inspectors found three copperheads weighing 4 kg in total and two copperhead rat snakes weighing 1.3 kg in total.
The snakes had been provided to the restaurant by a local man named Nguyen Anh Tuan, 49.
These wild animals belong to Group II B, the group of rare animals restricted from being held in captivity, hunted, traded, or killed.
The team later seized a red-faced monkey found during another inspection at an eatery in Lac Duong District, on the way to the Suoi Vang Tourist Center.
Tran Ngoc Sang, the eatery’s owner, said he had bought this monkey from a local. The animal, whose scientific name is Macaca arctoides, is classified in the World Red Book as a vulnerable wildlife species.
Individuals involved in the case will be given administrative penalties and all the wild animals will be released to their natural habitats when the investigation is ended, concerned agencies said.
In September, a large number of wild animals was discovered in Dak Nong Province, where a team of environmental police raided three farms on September 11, detecting and seizing more than 600 wild animals, along with wild animal products.
These animals belonged to Group IB, which includes endangered and critically endangered species, including jungle cats, copperheads, douc langurs, panthers, monkeys, weasels, gayals, gibbons, and kraits.