The People’s Court of Hanoi on Wednesday sentenced Nguyen Huu Hue to six years in prison for illegally trafficking seven frozen tiger cubs.
|Three traffickers and seven frozen tiger cubs. — Photo courtesy of Education for Nature – Vietnam|
Phan Van Vui and Ho Anh Tu, two accomplices of Hue, each received a jail sentence of five years.
According to the indictment, the three traffickers were arrested when they were transporting the frozen cubs for sale on July 23, 2019.
The traffickers admitted to the police that the frozen cubs originated from a farm in Laos.
Hue was considered the ringleader of an endangered wildlife trafficking ring.
Education for Nature – Vietnam, a Vietnamese non-governmental organisation focused on the conservation of nature and the environment, said imprisoning the traffickers demonstrates the attention local authorised agencies are giving to wildlife crime.
However, the penalty was too lenient and would not deter future wildlife traffickers, the organisation said. — VNS
Vietnam has some of the world’s most diverse wildlife, but the country’s rare species are in grave danger from traffickers.
Authorities of the Central Highlands provinces have found coaches illegally transporting wild animals.