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The very real human cost of illegal wildlife trafficking resulting from heavier prison sentences is brought powerfully home in Education for Nature – Vietnam’s newly released Public Service Announcement, Don’t do it!
Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) today presents the Outstanding Achievement Awards for Wildlife Protection to recognize the class-setting work of Vietnam’s law enforcement agencies and legal system.
Education for Nature – Vietnam has released the latest edition of its Wildlife Criminal Bulletin.
A sorry tale of a football match, a rhino horn, and a garbage chute are the plot elements of Education for Nature – Vietnam’s just-released Public Service Announcement (PSA) video urging the public to reject rhino horn use.
In this table-turning video, a young boy steps up to defend rhinos while his father and his friends are absorbed in a football match on TV. Seeing a rhino horn recently purchased by his father to impress his friends, the youngster recalls books he has read about rhinos and rhino poaching. Unable to get their attention to remonstrate with his father, our young wildlife warrior takes matters into his own hands.
Spoiler alert: the kid puts the adults to shame.
Please share the video via this link: http://bit.ly/RhinoFootball
Following the seizure of seven dead tiger cubs in July 2019, ENV congratulated Hanoi Police for their success on Voice of Vietnam radio show. However, ENV noted that prison time was necessary to deter future wildlife traffickers and teach current traffickers that the law will catch up to them. ENV advocated for the highest bracket of prison time for wildlife crime, 10-15 years imprisonment, based on the heinous nature of the crime and endangered status of tigers. on the Vietnamese legal system to prosecuted tiger kingpin, Nguyen Huu Hue, and his accomplices to the full extent of the law, up to 15 years imprisonment.
On January 15, 2020, the Vietnamese legal system prosecuted tiger kingpin Nguyen Huu Hue and sentenced him to six years in prison! His accomplices each received five years in prison for their participation.
According to the police, Nguyen Huu Hue has been leading the tiger trade throughout Vietnam for many years. Now, not only has his trafficking network been shut down, but with the prison sentence more wildlife traffickers will be discouraged to continue their illegal activity.
ENV was hoping for longer prison sentences, however, we are happy to see money could not buy these criminals out of prison time.
(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.
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.