Six males have been arrested in central Vietnam for killing and consuming an endangered monkey whereas live-streaming it on a social media website, police stated Friday.
The trafficking and consumption of uncommon and endangered species is widespread in Vietnam as many nonetheless imagine within the therapeutic and medicinal qualities of the animals’ physique elements.
However the sale of the animals happens on the black market, and customers hardly ever broadcast the killing and consuming of the creatures, that are protected below Vietnam’s conservation legal guidelines.
The six males, aged from 35 to 59, filmed themselves with a cell phone consuming a reside langur monkey and streamed the grotesque video on Fb on November 17.
They have been lastly recognized and arrested on Thursday.
“It took time for us to determine the suspects concerned,” a police officer in central Ha Tinh province advised AFP.
The boys have been accused of violating laws on defending “endangered and treasured animals” and so they confessed to the crime, stated an announcement posted on Ha Tinh provincial police’s web site.
One of many males had purchased the monkey off a hunter for $49, stated the assertion.
Leaf-eating langurs are among the many most endangered primate species on this planet and are solely discovered within the northern a part of Vietnam.
The Southeast Asian nation can be residence to different endangered species, together with the Pink River big soft-shell turtle, the mountainous Saola antelope, and the snub-nosed Tonkin monkey.
However critics say conservation safety legal guidelines usually are not enforced successfully, and poaching continues unchecked — feeding an urge for food for uncommon and endangered species domestically and in neighbouring China.