Approximately 110 wild animals were rescued and released into the environment or to rescue centres during the first three months of this year, while there were 132 cases of wild animals being advertised on restaurants’ menus or on Facebook which were handled, according to the Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV).
In April, a rare turtle, scientifically known as Lepidochelys olivacea, weighing 10kg, which was found trapped in fishing nets was voluntarily handed over to the ENV before being released to the seas off of Khanh Hoa province.
Meanwhile, representatives of Da Den Goodness Temple in Hanoi’s Ba Vi district handed over a tiger specimen to the Vietnam Museum of Nature.
The ENV has made a short film to call on the community not to consume bear gall, thus helping to end illegal bear caging.
ENV Vice Director Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung said that the illegal caging, trading, and hunting of wild animals has greatly impacted the country’s biodiversity and threatened the existence of many species.
Dung held that the fight against wildlife trafficking in Vietnam will remain complicated and requires the involvement of the whole of society.
She also called on all people to report any wildlife-related violations via their hotline number 18001522, which will ensure more wild animals will be rescued and returned to their natural habitats.VNA