Update news wildlife trafficking
More measures are needed in the fight against trade fraud and illegal cross-border smuggling between Vietnam and other countries, which continues to be a problem, the General Department of Customs has said.
Around VND85 billion will be spent to conserve pangolin species under the emergency action plan for the conservation of pangolin species in Vietnam in 2020-2030, to be submitted to the Prime Minister.
Customs officers at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport have seized an elephant tusk and a huge amount of aloeswood from a Vietnamese man who was attempting to illegally transport the goods into the home country.
Many wild animals have been found to be illegally kept at a household located in the buffer zone of the central province of Quang Binh’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Customs and police officers in the northern city of Hai Phong have discovered 3,446 kg of ivory and 3,977 kg of pangolin scales hidden inside a container.
Vietnam is among 16 countries with a high level of biodiversity and is also among the biggest hot spots for wildlife trafficking.
The year 2018 witnessed new efforts in preventing and fighting against wildlife trafficking in Vietnam with a number of strict judgments made.
In early November, the Kon Tum provincial police discovered a large amount of wildlife carried on a bus that went through the province. The wildlife seized included crocodiles and turtles of different species.
VietNamNet Bridge - Environmental protection organizations have suggested that local authorities be responsible for controlling and stopping wildlife consumption in their localities.
Encouraged by profits, restaurant owners are hunting for precious wildlife and serving dishes made from animals listed in the Red Book.
Fewer wild animals can now be found in forests, and more wildlife meat is being sold at markets in Dak Nong, called the ‘wildlife metropolis’.
VietNamNet Bridge - In the Mekong Delta provinces of Long An, Dong Thap and An Giang, numerous signboards of establishments selling snakes, turtles and birds of different kinds can be seen.
On January 1, 2018, the 2017 amended Criminal Code with stricter provisions and heavier sanctions on wildlife crime took effect.
Snake, wild cat and tiger cubs kept in alcohol have been selling well because of increasingly high demand.
The demand for animal bone glue, especially tiger bone glue, is high as people believe the glue can help improve health. More and more tigers have been killed and traffickers are earning big money from glue sales.
A group of reporters from Tap chi Bao ve Rung va Moi Truong (Forest and Environment Journal) have been able to penetrate a large-scale wildlife trafficking ring which carries out both domestic and cross-border affairs.