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School children scour over the poster looking for illegal activities to report to the local ranger. A telephone waits on the desk. One team of children count five violations; a macaque in a cage outside a café, a gibbon on a chain at a fancy resort, a hunter trying to shoot a langur in a tree, and a truck load of wild macaques heading for the Chinese border. But the other group is quicker, the group’s leader racing for the phone reporting what his team has discovered.
Over the past year, ENV has uncovered the secret world of Korean Bear Tourism in Ha Long Bay. Working with Environmental Police and later conducting surveillance outside a number of large bear farms located just a few miles from scenic Ha Long Bay, ENV has documented busloads of Korean tourists visiting bear farms where they witness a bear bile extraction, taste wine, and are encouraged to buy illegal bear products. Unwittingly, the tourists then take the illegal products home to Korea at the end of their visit, which is in direct violation of CITES regulations.
On Sunday last week, ENV staff infiltrated a bear farm in the Phuc Tho district of Hanoi and documented on film a bear bile extraction as customers watched.
Will commercial tiger farming become a reality in Vietnam? ENV is working hard to arrest the development of tiger farming in Vietnam, avoiding the difficulties that China now faces regulating some 5,000 captive tigers in the hands of anxious farmers who wish to lift the ban on commercial trade of tiger parts.
11 Nov 2008 – Green Grants spread environmental action across Vietnam