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ENV believes that it is important to pay as much attention to the failures as the successes, as this is the only way we can continue to improve and work to achieve our goal of eliminating wildlife crime. Our recently failed Huong pagoda campaign is an example of this. Located in the west of Hanoi, Huong pagoda is a famous and popular pilgrimage site for many Vietnamese people around the time of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Sadly, the site is also well-renowned for selling wildlife meat and products.
ENV started a major campaign aimed at eliminating the sale of wildlife at Huong Pagoda from February 2013 to April, 2014. Whilst over this period we identified the various challenges we met and developed the campaign accordingly, violations were still recorded in 41 out of 50 restaurants inspected at the pagoda during an inspection visit at the end of the campaign. We must therefore consider this campaign a failure, but it is certain we will now take time to consider our failings and we will be back in 2015 with new tactics to eliminate wildlife crime here, once and for all!
For more detail about the campaign, please click here