As an important part of ENV’s targeted campaign to reduce rhino horn consumption in Vietnam, today our team organized a talk entitled “Rhinos cannot survive without horns” at the Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment. More than 200 students flocked to the session, building on the momentum from our delegates’ recent fact-finding trip to South Africa.
Students were keen to learn about rhinos and share their ideas on how to reduce consumption and change habits and behavior in Vietnam. “If you want to use rhino horns for medical treatment, use your nails instead. If you want to use rhino horns to show off, you are just an inferior person.”, one student said.
Vietnam’s last rhino has already been lost to extinction and the country is considered one of the biggest market of rhino products. In this environment, it’s more important than ever to be changing behavior in as many ways as we can – and we hope educational activities like this will make a difference.