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Public urged to debunk rhino horn myths and save rhinos from extinction
Ha Noi (August 22, 2018) – Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) has released its latest Public Service Announcement (PSA) urging the public to help bring an end to the slaughter of rhinos in Africa.
Big shout out to Saga Media who have very kindly given ENV a two-week video slot on a major Hanoi bus route to promote our 1800-1522 wildlife crime hotline.
This 30 second clip will be looped on the video screens of 20 No.26 buses (Mai Dong – My Dinh stadium) and will reach an estimated 270,000 people.
Following the seizure of seven dead tiger cubs last week, ENV today (International Tiger Day) called on the Vietnamese legal system to prosecute the alleged tiger kingpin to the full extent of the law.
Speaking on Voice of Vietnam radio, an ENV representative congratulated the Hanoi Police for the three arrests but noted that this is only halfway to success. According to the Penal Code, the seven tiger cubs propels alleged tiger trafficking kingpin, Nguyen Huu Hue into the highest punishment bracket, 10-15 years’ imprisonment. It is therefore vital he is prosecuted, and justice served by a suitably lengthy prison sentence.
(Image credit: baomoi.com)
EN language newspaper report of the tiger cub seizure
The odds of a marine turtle making it to adulthood and reproducing are around 1000 to 1. Factor in exploitation for their meat, eggs and shells and the odds lengthen even further.
Today, we have launched a new fund-raising campaign to help ENV protect Vietnam’s internationally important marine turtle populations.
Check out the appeal page and campaign video here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/give-marine-turtles-a-chance
Please feel free to share the link with your own network. The short link we are using is http://bit.ly/turtleappeal
The central Vietnam city of Hue has outperformed any previous ENV consumer crime enforcement campaign results with a 100% reduction in violations following initial inspections of business establishments throughout the city.
Bear bile in rewind. Discover exactly how bear bile ends up in the hands of end users, and the cruel and illegal process behind the industry.
ENV today released a new Public Service Announcement video, entitled Backwards in Time, which takes viewers on a reverse journey to highlight to consumers exactly where bear bile originates.
The video traces the path of a vial of bear bile from end-user all the way back to the bear farm and the cruel and illegal process of bear bile extraction. Opening with a mother giving her daughter bear bile to treat a bruise, the PSA video takes viewers along every step of the way, from the girl’s home to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) shop where the bear bile is purchased, and finally back to the bear farm where the bile is extracted.
“If there is no demand for bear bile, there is no reason for private citizens to keep bears,” says ENV Vice Director Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung. “We will continue to encourage bear owners to surrender their bears and give them a better life at one of Vietnam’s three international gold standard rescue centers.”
Dung noted that most Vietnamese are now turning their backs on bear bile consumption in favor of scientifically proven modern medicines that are more effective, readily accessible, and inexpensive.
Find out more about our bear program in Vietnam on our Prison Break Bears appeal page.
Three illegal bears have been confiscated from the home of a bear trafficker in Nghe An, Vietnam in what was one of the toughest operations undertaken thus far by Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV).
ENV, acting on information received from the public, pinpointed the location of the Nghe An farm, established the status of the bears concerned and prevailed upon the local authorities in Nghe An to act. After some foot dragging by the authorities since being informed in April, the matter was only finally resolved this week with the “voluntary transfer” of three bears.
Customs and other law enforcement agencies now have a new ENV guide to help identify freshwater turtles and tortoises.
We have updated the 2010 edition in the light of the new Penal Code and changes to the protection status of some turtle species. The guide, developed in partnership with the Asian Turtle Program and the Turtle Conservation Center at Cuc Phuong National Park, features 25 species and includes identification features, habitat, and the current status of each species, as well as comparisons.
A total of 1,700 copies of the guide will be circulated to those at the sharp end of wildlife crime involving turtles.