Six jailed in Viet­nam for killing, eat­ing en­dan­gered mon­key

Cebu Daily News - - WORLD -

SIX men were ar­rested in cen­tral Viet­nam for killing and eat­ing an en­dan­gered mon­key while livestream­ing it on a so­cial me­dia site, po­lice said Fri­day.

The traf­fick­ing and con­sump­tion of rare and en­dan­gered species is wide­spread in Viet­nam as many still believe in the heal­ing and medic­i­nal qual­i­ties of the an­i­mals' body parts.

But the sale of the an­i­mals oc­curs on the black mar­ket, and con­sumers rarely broad­cast the killing and eat­ing of the crea­tures, which are pro­tected un­der Viet­nam's con­ser­va­tion laws.

The six men, aged from 35 to 59, filmed them­selves with a mo­bile phone eat­ing a live lan­gur mon­key and streamed the grue­some video on Face­book on Novem­ber 17.

They were fi­nally iden­ti­fied and ar­rested on Thurs­day.

"It took time for us to fig­ure out the sus­pects in­volved," a po­lice of­fi­cer in cen­tral Ha Tinh prov­ince told AFP.

The men have been ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing reg­u­la­tions on pro­tect­ing "en­dan­gered and pre­cious an­i­mals" and they con­fessed to the crime, said a state­ment posted on Ha Tinh provin­cial po­lice's web­site.

One of the men had bought the mon­key off a hunter for $49, said the state­ment.

Leaf-eat­ing lan­gurs are among the most en­dan­gered pri­mate species in the world and are only found in the north­ern part of Viet­nam.

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