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U.S. agency helps Vietnam fight wildlife trafficking
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U.S. agency helps Vietnam fight wildlife trafficking

HCMC – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has offered Vietnam a grant of US$10 million for a project to prevent wildlife trafficking, Tien Phong Online reports.

The project was unveiled on May 11 in Hanoi at an event jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and USAID. The project’s key objectives are to strengthen legislation against violations and enforcement, hunt down traffickers, and curb consumption of illegal wildlife products.

Delegates at the launching function stressed the urgent need to save endangered species like rhinoceros, elephants and pangolins, especially measures to fight consumption of products of such species in Hanoi, HCMC, and Danang. They also called for efforts to check hotspots of trafficking such as borders, ports and airports.

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Ha Cong Tuan said that the Vietnamese Government has banned infringements on natural forests and tightly controlled timber trading.

Tuan stressed the importance of mass media in raising people’s awareness of fighting consumption of rhino horn which he said does not cure cancer as rumored.

Addressing the event, U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink said the project is part of the global effort to fight wildlife trafficking and consumption.

The project helps connect domestic and international organizations to prevent the trafficking of wild animals and plants, said the ambassador. Highlighting the grave situation, Kritenbrink said the number of African elephants has dropped from 3-5 million to 400,000 and that of rhinos from 70,000 to 5,000 to date while pangolins are the most hunted and traded in the world now.

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