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February, 24 2014 08:29:00

PM takes measures to stop wildlife trafficking

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam should act firmly against trafficking in rare and endangered animals or their parts to restore the nation's tarnished reputation in wildlife protection, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.

In a directive asking inter-sectoral forces to conduct more patrols and inspections in border areas including international airports and ports, Dung drew attention to the recent discovery of trafficking in endangered and rare wild animals including the rhino horn, African elephant tusks and tigers.

He said the situation was "complicated" and has caused several negative impacts including the depletion of natural resources, increased risk of new infectious diseases and threats to national security.

It has worsened the image of Viet Nam in implementing international conventions to protect wild animals, which the country has ratified, he said.

He ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to educate and mobilise overseas Vietnamese to refrain from any involvement in the trade and transport of wild animals or animal parts in the countries they reside.

The Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development has been tasked with monitoring implementation of the directive, tackling ensuing problems and sending annual reports to the Prime Minister.

Dung also asked mass media outlets to severely criticise all violations related to wildlife trafficking and increase the frequency of disseminating information about wildlife conservation so as to raise public awareness of its importance. — VNS

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