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March, 28 2014 08:57:47

Do you support the destruction of wildlife products?

Viet Nam is thinking about destroying its stockpiles of illegal wildlife products. The move would reflect a new determination by the Vietnamese Government to fight the trade in wildlife skins, bones, horns and furs for so called "medicines" and other exotica.

At a conference earlier this week with international partners, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said it was considering destroying all seized rhinocerous horns, elephant tusks and tiger bones.

There have been about 15 seizures of rhinocerous horn in the last six years. Another 25 tonnes of elephant tusks have been stockpiled after being confiscated. The ministry plans to destroy all of it within two years.

Last month, Hong Kong, a major trading centre for illegal wildlife parts, said it would burn more than 30 tonnes of elephant tusks and other ivory products in the first half of this year.

Do you support the destruction of illegal wildlife stockpiles or do you support their sale to provide more funding for the fight against the trade?

Why can't the people of the world stop killing wildlife, especially rhinos, elephants and tigers, despite international bans? What measures do you think would help in the fight against the trade, despite the fact that all of the rare Vietnamese rhinocerous and tigers are believed to have already been wiped out?

Please reply by email to: opinion@vnsmail.com, or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions must be received by Thursday morning, April 3, 2014. — VNS



COMMENTS
Robert Fries - scott17110@yahoo.com   Robert Fries
March, 29 2014 08:49:06
I support the destruction of illegal wildlife stockpiles. Selling them to provide funding for the fight against the trade seems illogical. Would the government support the sale of heroin to fight the heroin trade? Reminds me of the narcissist "big game hunters" in Texas, US who sold a license to kill a rare black rhino in Africa...to raise funds to fight the slaughter. Idiotic. Provide public education campaign for proven alternatives to tiger bone, rhino horn, KIng Cobra wine, etc and etc.
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