Police probe into cruel killing of rare monkeys

Updated : Thu, July 19, 2012,10:26 AM (GMT+0700)

A man eagerly poses with the carcasses of the two endangered monkeys.
Photo: Tuoi Tre
Police in Quang Nam central province have announced an investigation into the cruel killing of two endangered monkeys that were severely abused and then boiled by a group of young men dressed in military uniform.

>> Photos show cruel killing of endangered monkeys

In the images posted online Monday, the men brutally tortured the animals, which are thought to be douc langurs (Pygathrix), an endangered species, before eviscerating and barbecuing them.

Within hours of the Internet posting, animal rights advocates and others had criticized the men and called them inhuman in more than 1,000 comments.

Deputy Director of Department of Forest Management Trieu Van Luc told Tuoi Tre on Wednesday he discovered the information through media outlets.

“This is a serious case. I’m currently on a business trip in Quang Binh province. I will be present in Quang Nam on Thursday (today) to work with the Department of Forest Department regarding this case,” Luc said.

Tran The Lien, chief of Nature Conservation and Director of the Nature Conservation Department under the Directorate of Forests, also voiced his outrage at the brutal killing.

“Their acts are unacceptable and should be strongly condemned. They can face criminal charges regardless of who they are – soldiers or civilians,” he said.

Lien added killing douc langurs, which are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book of endangered and threatened species, is a serious offence.

That same day Phan Tuan – chief of Quang Nam Department of Forest Management – told Tuoi Tre that he has asked police to launch probes into the case.

“If the killing occurred in Quang Nam, we will ask police to file charges against the involved people,” Tuan claimed.


Monkey killers deserve criticism and punishment
Updated : Fri, July 20, 2012,9:28 PM (GMT+0700)

Image depicts the brutal slayings of an endangered douc langur monkey that has shocked Internet users recently.
Photo: Tuoi Tre

Graphic images depicting the brutal slayings of two endangered douc langur monkeys have shocked Internet users recently. Many people have expressed their outrage at the appalling acts of cruelty, as well as shown deep compassion for the poor animals in thousands of comments.

The Facebook page of Nguyen Van Quang, who uploaded the photos and admitted he is one of the “slaughterers,” is locked now. But hundreds of people on Facebook, online forums, and newswires continue to throw rocks at the killers, asking the government to bring them to swift justice and calling on the public to protect animals and the environment.

But the horrible story of the primates, which are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book of endangered and threatened species, does not stop there.

One year ago to the day, July 19, 2011, news emerged that local hunters Dao Minh Khach and Nguyen Phuong Tuan shot and disemboweled 16 black-shanked douc langurs at Chua Mountain. Even people at the local police headquarters, in central Ninh Thuan Province’s Ninh Hai District, couldn’t contain their bursts of anger.

If the dead monkeys could have cried like humans, I think they would have uttered words of pain and suffering and outrage before their deaths.

The hunters in Ninh Thuan said it wasn’t difficult to gun down the tribe of monkeys because they’re very faithful. When the chief in the tribe is killed, the rest will not abandon him but instead cluster around their fallen leader.

In a more recent case, police in Quang Nam and Binh Phuoc Provinces seized 31 dried bodies of douc langurs from smugglers between July 8 and July 12. I hope everyone who looks at these photos feels disturbed by the human cruelty.

Accordingly, those in the local online community have said the monkey killers deserve heavy criticism and punishment. This may not help save the ill-fated douc langurs, or their population more broadly, but it does spread awareness about how we can be more humane and better care for the environment.


Photos show cruel killing of endangered monkeys
Updated : Wed, July 18, 2012,2:33 PM (GMT+0700)

This photo shows the cruel killing of the dead pregnant monkey that was forced to smoke before being boiled.
A group of young men abusing and then boiling two endangered monkeys, one of them pregnant, caused an outcry Monday when photos of the slayings appeared online.

In the images, the men bound the limbs of the pregnant monkey and forced it to smoke before posing eagerly with the carcasses.

Within hours of the Internet posting, animal rights advocates and others criticized the men and called them inhuman in more than 1,000 comments.

“We are speechless to talk about their acts,” one person wrote. “They have no brain and no heart.”

Commenters said Facebook user Quang Nguyen Van in central Quang Nam Province uploaded the pictures at 10:45 p.m. Monday.

The monkeys are douc langurs (Pygathrix), which are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book of endangered and threatened species, according to Professor Vo Quy at the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental at the National University of Hanoi.

Quy said Vietnam has three kinds of douc langurs, red-shanked, gray-shanked, and black-shanked, which typically live in forests stretching from Quang Nam to Kon Tum Provinces.

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