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On January 24th, Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng signed Decision 11/2013/QD-TTG, which prohibits the import, export, and trade of specimens and products made from white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros and African elephant.
The biggest impact of this Decision will be on trophy hunting, as even legal trophy hunters will no longer be able to bring their rhino horn or ivory tusk trophies back to Vietnam.
The Decision states that white rhino, black rhino and African elephant specimens may only be imported in the three following circumstances:
1 – Specimens serve diplomatic purposes, scientific research purposes, are to be used for biodiversity conservation, displayed at a zoo, or specimens or exchanged amongst CITES authorities of member countries.
2 – Specimens are used for non-commercial purpose and are eligible to be imported according to requirements of CITES Vietnam and CITES authorities of the exporting country.
3 – Specimens that have already been permitted for import by CITES before this Decision takes effect on March 15th, 2013.
The Decision also states that any organization or individual who violates the regulations of this Decision will be punished according to the criminal and administrative punishments of the current law.
Wednesday January 30, 2013
Source: Baodientu.chinhphu.vn (Vietnamese Government Online Newspaper)