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An analysis of wildlife farming in Vietnam

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Commercial wildlife farming is the practice of raising and breeding wildlife species in captivity with the goal of harvesting animals or animal products for commercial profit. Proponents of commercial wildlife farming believe that supplying the market with domesticated wildlife products will result in a decrease in the hunting of wild animals and aid conservation efforts by acting as a source for supplementing or reintroducing populations. 

 

 

A thorough investigation of wildlife farming in Vietnam is critically needed to allow decision makers to make sound decisions on the commercial farming and trade of endangered species, as well as develop effective legislation that will help reduce threats and prevent endangered species from becoming extinct in the wild.

 

This study set out to meet this need by surveying registered wildlife farms across Vietnam, from October 2014 to July 2015, using semi-structured face-to-face interviews with farm owners. During the survey, if the farm owner was not available, workers or relatives of the owners were interviewed. Interviews were covert and conducted with the aid of a questionnaire. In this study, it was found that:

 

   • 26 out of 26 farms surveyed were involved in some degree of illegal wildlife laundering

     activity. 16 out of 26 interviewees specifically confirmed that their farms were involved in

     laundering wildlife.

   • 17 out of 19 farms were claimed by interviewees to sell transportation papers, and a number

      of farm owners offered to sell transportation papers to the researchers.

   • 10 out of 11 farms were confirmed by interviewees to buy transportation papers from other

      farms or Forest Protection Department (FPD) officials.

   • 18 out of 18 farms were claimed by interviewees to buy animals without transportation papers

      (i.e.,illegal animals).

   • 14 out of 14 farms were confirmed by interviewees to sell animals without transportation

      papers.

   • Interviewees in 14 out of 18 farms who were asked stated that FPD officials had received

      illegal payments from their farms.

   • Interviewees in 17 out of 26 farms could not or would not accurately report the number of

     each species present at their farm. In nine out of 26 farms where both the number of animals

     present and the number registered were reported, the numbers did not match, and in five

     cases, were wildly conflicting.

   • Production was mainly based on laundering animals through farms, with few cases in which

     intentional breeding was recorded.

 

Based on results from this survey and a number of other studies including ENV’s survey results amongst provincial FPDs, ENV highly recommends terminating commercial farming of endangered species, strengthening policy and regulations regarding farming, actively investigating farms with signs of laundering, and reinforcing the role of the FPD in the management of wildlife farms. In order to achieve the most accurate results from FPD farm inspections, a set of standardized techniques should be developed, alongside an integrated national database of registered farms made available to all local FPDs, in order to manage sales and transportation of animals amongst farms.

 

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