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  1. Efforts to curb the deadly trade in rhino horn appear to be gaining traction, with a poll finding that demand for the animal part in Vietnam has dropped by more than a third over the past year. After a year-long public information campaign in Vietnam, only 2.6% of people in the Asian country now continue to buy and use rhino horn, a decrease of 38%. Importantly, there has been a 25% decrease in the number of people who think rhino horn, which is made of the same material as fingernails and hair, has medicinal value. However, 38% of Vietnamese still think it can treat diseases such as cancer and rheumatism. read the full article in The Guardian here
  2. I have recently read an article about fishing cat survey in Cambodia, which led me to this symposium final presentation, detailing the last information available about this little known felid from Asia. The fishing cat is known to live in coastland and inland wetlands. It is found in the Ganga delta, the Terai Arc in the Indian subcontinent. More research is needed in Vietnam and Java to review its presence. Wetland should be urgently protected to ensure this felid correct habitat protection. I would no have expected conflict with humans, but some of the presentation stress on intense conflict in West Bengal for instance. http://www.wild-cat.org/viverrinus/infos/FCWG2016_1stInt_FishingCat_Conservation_Symposium_proceedings.pdf
  3. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/rich-men-rhino-horns/529455/ ~ This article, from The Atlantic, explains the increasing custom of consuming rhino horn in Vietnam, where the affluent give it to each other to enhance their status. In Lãn Ông street in Hanoi's Old Quarter, traditional medicine shops offer rhino horn as a hangover cure, young mothers use it to treat feverish children, while others view it as a cancer cure. There are “rhino-wine associations” in which the use of powdered rhino horn is thought to mitigate the intoxicating effects of heavily imbibing alcohol.
  4. "Vietnam has become the biggest hub in the world for trafficking in horns and other body parts of the rhinoceros, a critically endangered species which is being killed by poachers in South Africa at the rate of one every eight hours. An estimated 1,300 rhinos are slaughtered for their horns across Africa annually—up from just 100 in 2008—with the bulk of rhino horn smuggled by criminal gangs into Vietnam, according to surveys by international wildlife trade experts. Yet Vietnam hasn’t launched a single successful high-level prosecution against illegal rhino horn traders. The standing committee of CITES, the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species, meeting this week in South Africa, has warned Vietnam that the body will not tolerate the country’s failure to enforce bans on the rhino horn trade. The warning suggests that possible trade sanctions could be in the offing as early as next year. CITES is responsible for regulating trade in endangered species, including bans where appropriate, but depends on member states to enforce the ban. “It’s beginning to look like the only way they will take it seriously is sanctions,” said Colman O’Criodain, trade analyst with the World Wildlife Fund, who complains that Vietnam had resisted action on wildlife trafficking for years." http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-vietnam-rhino-trafficking-20160926-snap-story.html -- I hope serious sanctions are enacted soon that force Vietnam to stop turning a blind eye to trade in endangered species like Rhinos and Tigers.
  5. The discovery of a new population of grey-shanked douce almost doubles the known population of this endangered species of primate. http://news.mongabay.com/2016/03/hope-for-monkey-on-brink-of-extinction-new-population-found-in-vietnam/?n3wsletter
  6. Under the trans pacific partnership nations which do not go along with the provisions of CITES are risking economic sanctions. nations are also required to protect any wildlife if it has been removed illegally from any nation sorry my cut and paste links don't work go to http://www.nytimes.com story title ENVIRONMENTALISTS PRAISE WILDLIFE MEASURES IN TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT it is great that Vietnam ,Japan and Malaysia are involved it has been passed as an agreement but awaits endorsement at the member govt level it is open to new members on the agreed terms, China is interested, that sounds good to me
  7. An informative Wildlife PSA from www.envietnam.org or you can visit their Facebook page.
  8. Reports www.thanhniennews.com To read the full article click here.
  9. This beggars belief read the full article in the Guardian
  10. Image and text courtesy and copyright of Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV) whose work you can find out more about by visiting their Facebook page here.

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