This morning, more than 200 high school students in Phuc Tho district (a bear farming hotspot) joined ENV’s fun bear protection program.
Nowadays, the consumption of rhino horn is seen as a demonstration of wealth, exclusively reserved for those who can afford it. As Vietnam has seen a boom in economic development in the past couple of decades, the number of potential consumers has rapidly increased and are directly fuelling a rise in rhino poaching in Africa. Using rhino horn can be seen as a status symbol, just like owning a flashy car.
In January 2014, ENV carried out a review of criminal prosecutions which involved rare and endangered wildlife species that are currently listed in Group 1B of Decree 32/2006 and are fully protected under Vietnamese law.