As reported yesterday, the court session to try Phan Huynh Anh Khoa's case was opened this afternoon, June 21. He was sentenced 5 years imprisonment and fined VND 50,000,000 ($US 2,230) today.
In December 2015, ENV joined the Red River Runners to host the first ever “Run for Rhinos” half marathon event in Hanoi.
The run aimed at bringing attention to the crisis rhinos are facing as a result of poaching for their horns, which are used in traditional medicine and as status symbols in Vietnam and China.
Hanoi, June 1, 2016, Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) has released its latest public service announcement (PSA) which features famous comedians Quoc Khanh and Cong Ly urging the public to protect the world’s remaining tigers by avoiding consumption and use of tiger products.
On May 19th, Education for Nature - Vietnam welcomed Hollywood actor, film producer Mr.Paul Blackthorne and Deputy Director of Save the Rhino International, Ms.Susie Offord to Hanoi, Vietnam to start a major campaign in order to raise public awareness about the rhino horn trade called Save the Rhino Vietnam.
The campaign's first day started in Thang Long University on May 20th. A press conference was operated to announce the launch of the campaign. Following was a discussion on the illegal rhino horn trade in Vietnam with over 500 passionate students at Thang Long University, hosted by Paul Blackthorne.
Hanoi, May 20, 2016 – Hollywood actor and film producer Paul Blackthorne hosted a seminar on rhino conservation for over 500 students at Thang Long University. This event marked the launch of the “Save the Rhino Vietnam” campaign—a two-week initiative coordinated by Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) and Save the Rhino International (SRI) to raise public awareness and reduce consumer demand for rhino horn in Vietnam.
On April 5th, 2016, Vietnam CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) management authority began examining the facilities of Hon Nhan Ecological Conservation Center in Nghe An. If all the requirements are satisfied, the owners will be allowed to import nine more tigers for conservation, reproduction and educational purposes. The alarming fact about this otherwise insignificant event is that the owner of the center is also the wife of Pham Van Tuan—a notorious criminal who has two previous convictions related to the killing and illegal trading of tigers, along with other species of endangered wild animals.