Police rescued Cerro in Ha Tinh province, December 2021. Photo by police
Four people in the central province of Ha Tinh have been placed under criminal investigation for trapping and selling sero, a type of protected goat and antelope.
Lee Trung Tung, 45, Cao Minh Luan, 47, Tran Cong Trang, 33, and his brother Tran Cong Hong, 30, face charges of “violating regulations on rare and endangered animals”.
Hong is in police custody while Tong, Luan and Trang are under house arrest.
According to Huong Son District Police, on November 29 they reported Hong’s car and found Cerro weighing 60kg inside. He was unable to provide any documents to prove its provenance, and said he was carrying it to Trang.
Tong and Luan, after being called by the police, said that they trapped the animal in a forest and sold it to Trang for a few million dong. (1 million Vietnamese dong = $43)
Police are investigating why Trang bought the animal.
In Ha Tinh, many people illegally buy wild animals such as tigers, serpents and monkeys to use their body parts to make bone glue as a traditional medicine, believed to be good for health.
It is profitable for manufacturers, bringing 100g of sero products 20 million VND and tiger products, 18 million VND.
Serow, scientific name Capricornis milneedwardsii, is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as Vulnerable.And Its use in commercial trade is prohibited.