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βœ‹ Vietnam stops illegal animal markets

βœ‹ Vietnam stops illegal animal markets

The Vietnamese government has issued a comprehensive new directive banning the sale of protected animals in markets. They are also introducing a temporary moratorium on imports of wildlife, including animal parts and products.

Magnus Aschan
Magnus Aschan

Vietnam is an important transit and destination country for several illegal animal products, including elephant ivory, rhinoceros, pangolin shells and tiger parts. It is now hoped that a new directive will work to combat wildlife trafficking in the country effectively.

Some of the main points of the directive are that:

  • Imports of live or dead wildlife, eggs, larvae, parts and derivatives of wildlife are stopped
  • Markets and shops where illegal animal products are sold are closed
  • No citizen, especially government officials, may illegally hunt, trade, kill, own, consume or advertise protected wildlife or illegal animal products
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will cooperate with relevant authorities to monitor wildlife in captivity, including by ensuring that wildlife is legally acquired and that a minimum level of hygiene is met.
  • A database of plantations and facilities will be established
  • The Ministry of Public Security will strengthen law enforcement, in particular against cross-border organized crime
  • The Ministry will cooperate with relevant authorities to monitor the illegal trade in wildlife
  • The Ministry of Defense will strengthen customs and border control

Read more at Viet Nam News .