Central Highlands: Red alert for elephants
Elephants in the Central Highlands are disappearing for many reasons. They are hunted for their tusks and tail hair to make jewelry, and elephant meat and the sole of the elephant’s foot have become ‘gourmet’ foods. Their low birth rate is another reason for the serious decline in the number of elephants. Elephants in the Central Highlands kept for business purposes, have not given birth for 20 years, and they are predicted to have totally vanished from the Central Highlands in the next 15 years. Research in 2009 showed that among approximately 100 wild elephants, there were only seven to ten elephants under five years old, because of their seriously reduced habitat. With a reduction in their habitat, elephants are increasingly encroaching on human settlements, which affect wild elephant conservation efforts in the Central Highlands. The authorities must act urgently to create a suitable environment for protecting elephants in the Central Highlands.
Khanh Hoa: Marine turtles threatened with extinction
Marine turtles in Vietnam are currently faced with extinction due to destructive fishing activities, turtle egg collection and illegal turtle sales for food, medicines or handicrafts. Furthermore, marine turtles are accidentally caught in fishing nets every day.
Many people, who are aware of the need to protect rare, wild animals, immediately release marine turtles in to the sea whenever they have been accidentally caught. However, in most cases, caught turtles are killed or sold. For this reason, the number of mature marine turtles is declining, and they no longer lay eggs on the beaches of Nha Trang City, making the protection of marine turtles in Vietnam extremely urgent.
According to Decision 82/2008/QD-BNN, marine turtles belong to the list of rare aquatic species in need of protection, rehabilitation and development.
Ho Chi Minh City: Warning about the use of bear bile
In Ho Chi Minh City, bear bile trade occur in many districts with a range of prices and forms of trafficking. People use bear bile because they believe it is a “panacea” without understanding its origin. Some researchers recently showed that those using bear bile regularly suffer from heart disease and cirrhosis. In addition, over 50% of bear bile collected in the Vietnamese market is infected with cancer causing bacteria, due to unhygienic production processes. So, there is a good chance of contracting a disease from using infected bear bile.
In addition, the sale, purchase, and use of bear bile and other bear products are illegal according to Section 1, Article 2, Decision No 95/2008/QD- BNN. And bears belong to group IB of Decree 32/2006/ND-CP – the group of rare wild animals forbidden from being held in captivity, hunted, traded or killed.
Dak Lak: Forest in need of protection
After ornamental plants, collection of wild animals is considered to be a “fascinating” hobby of the rich – a symbol of their status. The more rare and beautiful wild animals are, the more unique and invaluable they become to collectors. This extravagant hobby has led to rare, wild species in Yok Don Forest being faced with extinction. Serious deforestation has also led to environmental pollution, ecological imbalance and abnormal climate change. Forests are in the common interest of all of Vietnam, so forest protection needs the participation and support of society as a whole.
Nghe An: “Hotspot” campaign at Con Cuong town
From 21 to 24 November, ENV carried out a series of intensive activities within the framework of the so-called “hotspot” campaign in Con Cuong, Nghe An. The campaign aims at bringing pressure upon bear farmers and reinforces the idea that bear farming is no longer an acceptable practice, especially in the areas with high density of bear farms. It incorporates various activities to raise awareness including bear exhibition; school seminar at a secondary school; bear protection radio show aired by the local radio station; and visiting bear farms.
Thanh Hoa: Wild animal protection campaign
From 25 to 27 November, ENV will be organizing a number of activities to raise awareness about protecting wildlife in Thanh Hoa city, Thanh Hoa province. The activities include a wildlife protection exhibition; a wildlife protection seminar at Hong Duc University; a recruitment and training event for volunteers in Thanh Hoa; and a survey on wildlife crime status in the city.
Hoang Hue Linh
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)