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January 20, 2020, 7:19 pm

Rhino horn demand plunges in Vietnam

(13:09:29 PM 22/06/2015)
(Tinmoitruong.vn) - Rhino horn demand has decreased by 77% in Hanoi and 38% across Vietnam, more than a year after a campaign was launched to eliminate its use.

 

 Rhino horn demand plunges in Vietnam


The numbers show the country's determination to tackle the long-existing problem, said Nguyen Ba Ngai, deputy head of the Vietnam Forestry Administration under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Develoment.

 

The Humane Society International (HSI) and the Vietnam Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora started the campaign in 2013.

 

Vietnam needed to spread the message that South African authorities have injected poisonous chemicals into rhinos' horns to prevent them from being illegally killed there, said Teresa M. Telecky, director of HSI's wildlife department.

 

The rhinos' horns don't have blood vessels, so the poison doesn't harm them. Regardless, most poachers didn't care about the poison and continued killing. So poisonous rhino horn could have invaded the Vietnamese market, she said.

 

According to the Vietnam Customs Department of Anti-smuggling Investigation, most rhino horn is transported by plane from South Africa. In the first 6 months of the year, the department seized four illegal rhino-horn traffickers.

 

Since 2008, Vietnam has uncovered 23 cases of rhino horn trafficking. Vietnam is the world's biggest rhino horn consumer, according to HSI.

 

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