Viet Nam Net
4 September, 2013

Water from the upper reaches of the Mekong River is flowing downstream and inundating watershed fields in the southwestern provinces of Vietnam. This is the time people start a harvest season of specialties like snakes, turtles, birds. In the flood season, many species of wildlife lose their refuge so they are easily hunted by people.

People catch snakes and turtles to sell to traders at the border markets such as Tinh Bien, Khanh Binh in An Giang province, Dinh Ba in Dong Thap province and Xa Xia in Kien Giang provinceMs. Le Thi Nam, a trader in Khanh Binh Market (An Giang) said every day she buys 50-80 kg of snakes and turtles and then sells to traders in Ho Chi Minh City and restaurants in the Mekong Delta.

In addition to snakes, pythons and turtles, birds are also caught in the flooding season. However, this way of catching wildlife can lead to extinction and loss of ecological balance in nature. The local authorities should take measures to control people’s acts in order to protect the nature in a sustainable way.

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