HA NOI — The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recently released an announcement outlining the prohibition of importing several species of pythons into the United States, including the python molurus bivittatus, which is being bred for export in Viet Nam.
According to the announcement, four species of pythons, including the eunectes notaeus, python molurus, python natalensis and python sebae, are considered as "harmful wild animals" by the US.
The announcement specifies prohibition in the import of live specimens, including their sperm, eggs and hybrid specimens into the US, and the transport of these animals through the US to other countries.
The import of dead specimens and products made from the parts of dead pythons, however, are not prohibited.
Thai Truyen, deputy director of CITES Viet Nam said the prohibition of importing python molurus bivittatus would not have a significant impact on the breeding of these animals in Viet Nam because the industry relies mostly on selling processed parts.
He said the export of the live animals only accounted for a very small portion of production in Viet Nam.
"Our major target markets are European countries and not the US," added Truyen.
Following the announcement, the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development last week requested departments in cities and provinces to send relevant announcements about the US's new regulation to facilitate adjustments of company production plans.
Local departments were also requested to conduct more inspections and supervision in the breeding and trading of wild animals to prevent violations of Vietnamese laws and CITES rules. — VNS