The Hanoitimes - The confiscation has shown law enforcement’s determination in a joint effort to prevent illegal wildlife trading in Vietnam.
The Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) said on February 21 that 19 rare wild animals were rescued from illegal traders and poachers in January.
Eight wild animals were handed over voluntarily by local people, including two pangolins, one red-shanked douc langur, one python, and four monkeys. They were taken to either nature reserves or released back into nature.
The Vietnamese competent authorities also work hard in fighting and repelling wildlife crimes. Typically, the Environmental Police Department under Hai Phong City’s Police discovered and confiscated two bear cubs which were being captive by an illegal trader in the city.
Besides living animals, the Nature Education Center said many wildlife products and parts were seized. In particular, authorities have seized two bear limbs in Lai Chau, two embalmed tigers in Lang Son and 9.94 kg of ivory in Vinh Phuc. The center also detected and asked to remove 54 online pages selling wildlife illegally, 31 violations in restaurant menus and signboards, and a billboard advertising bear’s bile in Nha Trang.
ENV Vice Director Bui Thi Ha said that the result shows a positive change in community awareness about wildlife protection.
The confiscation has shown authorities' determination in a joint effort to prevent illegal wildlife trading in Vietnam. However, strict punishments are required to handle any violations in order to prevent such crimes, Ha stressed.
She added that advertisements and illegal trading of wild animals on the Internet are the most common violations. Therefore, strict control and handling of violations are very important to contribute to preventing poachers and traders from taking advantage of social networks to profit from wild animals.