The autumn 2016 edition of Education for Nature – Vietnam’s Wildlife Crime bulletin is hot off the press in time for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of CITES currently underway in Johannesburg, South Africa.
You would expect those who enforce the law to observe it themselves. However that was not the case involving a report of a bear illegally held in captivity. For the bear was being kept at the offices of local authorities in Dak Lak!
A trip to Con Dao was more than just routine business for Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) staff. For the focus was firmly on opening a new era of ENV sea turtle conservation on the island in cooperation with the local authorities and enthusiastic volunteers.
CITES Vietnam's controversial act permitting tiger "conservation" farming.
From October 2014 to July 2015, ENV carried out an investigation at 26 large multi-species wildlife farms across the country. Shocking figures from the investigation report demonstrated that wildlife farming practices in Vietnam are poorly regulated with widespread abuse of regulations reported at all of the farms that were targeted. ENV further concludes that commercial farming and trade of wildlife is without question impact wild populations of these species and pose a serious risk of accelerating the extinction of these species in Vietnam.
Hanoi, July 27, 2016 - Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV) today hosted a press conference on the need to fully prohibit farming and trade of endangered species in Vietnam following a lively round-table meeting held yesterday (July 26) with representatives from law enforcement agencies, decision makers, scientists and conservation experts.