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Bear bile tourism in Ha Long Bay has finally been closed down, thanks to the intensive enforcement campaigns led by Quang Ninh authorities, conducted since early 2014.
Yesterday evening, nearly 100 future conservationists from the Environment Department at Hanoi University of Science were able to see and feel the dire situation of rhinos in South Africa through the eyes of a member of team ENV, who was part of the fact-finding mission organized and sponsored by Rhinose Day and Humane Society International.
September 28 was a really busy day for the ENV team as we organized awareness raising activities at a crowded shopping mall in Hanoi.
Diva Hong Nhung and other members of the delegation on a fact-finding mission to South Africa just returned to Vietnam and called upon the public to join forces and help stop the killing of rhinos in South Africa and other countries.
Johannesburg, South Africa, September 13, 2014 – After travelling just 15 minutes by helicopter into the interior of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, diva Hong Nhung is confronted by the grim reality of the illegal rhino horn trade: the remains of a dead rhino, shot by poachers and left to die in the bush. A ranger from the elite anti-poaching team points to where the horn was hacked away from the rhino’s face, probably while the animal was still alive.
Johannesburg, South Africa, September 8, 2014 – Today, a famous singer, a well-known journalist, a customs official, and two conservationists arrived in South Africa having completed the long journey from Vietnam. Their mission is to witness first-hand the crisis facing South Africa’s rhinos as a result of the widespread killing of the endangered animals for their horns, mainly to meet consumer demand from Vietnam and other Asian countries.
“Rhino horn is of no use to you but it is extremely important to rhinos. You waste tons of money on a mythical belief; you kill rhinos to try to treat your illness. Do not be fooled by rhino traders; protect the world’s rhinos and do not consume rhino horns”, said one young woman at ENV’s second rhino protection exhibit at Vincom Mega Mall – Royal City one of the biggest and most famous shopping centers in Vietnam, last Saturday.
Besides increasing productivity and making profit, enterprises in Vietnam also have social responsibility as a priority for their sustainable development. More than 100 companies have now joined ENV to protect Vietnam’s wildlife through various activities, for instance, organizing public events, thus raising awareness amongst thousands of people, and displaying information boards which encourage their staff and customers not to consume wildlife and report wildlife crimes to ENV’s hotline 1800 1522.
Since the “I support” campaign started in early June, sixteen Vietnam’s celebrities have joined ENV in spreading out the message “Say NO to bear bile & bear products” by posting the campaign poster on their Facebook and encourage their fans not to consume bear bile & bear products.
On the Vietnamese front line – is the title given to an article in the European Zoo and Aquarium Association magazine this month that reports on ENV’s efforts in Vietnam to enhance wildlife protection.