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A summary of public feedback highlights collected during December 2012, from ENV’s wildlife trade exhibits, bear exhibits and university programs.
At the wildlife trade exhibit:
Some responses to December’s topic for sharing ideas: “Other than not consuming wildlife, reporting wildlife crime, and raising public awareness, what else can you do to stop wildlife trade?”
“We should report crime(s) to local authorities if we observe illegal wildlife trading, keeping or hunting. Also, if we find any injured wildlife, we should transfer them to an animal medical center and/or rescue center.”
(Ms. Dung, Age 19, Vinh city, Nghe An province – Dec 2012)
“In my opinion, the awareness events should be carried out frequently, and they should focus on wildlife identification and protection for school students, even from kindergarten age.”
(Ms. Trinh, Age 22, Minh Hoa, Quang Binh province – Dec 2012)
“Government should issue stricter laws with stronger punishments in order to deter violations.”
(Mr. Dat, Age 19, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh province – Dec 2012)
At the bear exhibit:
“When the film finished, I felt really sympathetic towards bears. This action violated the wildlife protection laws. The bears’ painful scream could not stop this terrible cruelty. I myself cannot change this fact, but as a community we should do something to prevent these violations. Please sign the pledge to “say NO to bear bile and/or other bear products” and contribute to the protection of Vietnamese bears.”
(Ms. Hang, Age 19, Vinh city, Nghe An province – Dec 2012)
At the University Program:
One of the survey questions answered by students attending ENV’s university seminars is: “If you see wildlife for sale at the market, what will you do?”
During December 2012, 90% of university program participants said they would report the case to the wildlife crime hotline, because they believe that ENV will find the most suitable and fastest way to save the animal. Many participants also said that because they are students, they do not have enough money to buy the wildlife themselves to save it from the traders.
However, as it is explained during the program, ENV discourages buying animals from the market in order to rescue them, because it continues the cycle of demand and supply for wildlife, and traders will continue hunting and selling wildlife at the market.