Six men in the north-central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh have been sentenced to nine to 15 months in prison for killing an endangered douc and eating its brain in late 2018.
The People’s Court in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh Province announced its conviction of Phan Trong Son, 46, Thai Kim Hong, 52, Phan Van Hoi, 36, Thai Dinh Quy, 59, Thai Van Sang, 42, and Thai Vinh Quang, 60, on Thursday after all of the defendants pled guilty.
They were charged for violating regulations on the protection of rare and endangered animals.
Hong was sentenced to 15 months behind bars, while Hoi and Quy were jailed for 12 months.
The other three suspects were slapped with a nine-month suspended sentence.
According to the indictment, Son discovered the langur caught in a trap at Vu Quang National Park on November 17, 2018.
|A screenshot of Phan Van Hoi’s Facebook account with the live-streamed footage in which the langur was slaughtered|
The man brought the animal home and sold it to Hong at VND1.1 million (US$47.3).
Hong, along with Hoi, Quy, and Quang, brought the langur to Sang’s house, where the five men slaughtered the animal and ate its brain at a drinking party held that same day.
Sang and Hoi live-streamed the event on their personal Facebook account.
The content eventually went viral and sparked a backlash from hundreds of concerned citizens.
A police investigation revealed that the animal was a red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus), a type of monkey listed as an endangered species.