Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam

by ENV Wildlife Conservation Trust
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Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
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Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam
Help 30 Women Fight Wildlife Crime in Vietnam

Project Report | Feb 22, 2024
Keeping up the fight for wildlife

By Quyen Vu | Project Leader

"Knock Knock" Public Service Announcement (PSA)
"Knock Knock" Public Service Announcement (PSA)

When we look back at what has been achieved in 2023, we can't help but feel proud to share our accomplishments with you. In 2023, the ENV team was joined by more courageous women, increasing their numbers to 36 wildlife warriors.

Your unwavering support made it all possible, bringing Vietnam one step closer to ending wildlife trafficking and exploitation. There's still a long way to go, but every success is a step in the right direction, and we are grateful to all those involved in ENV’s efforts to protect wildlife and preserve Vietnam’s precious biodiversity.

In 2023, the ENV Wildlife Crime Unit logged over 3,500 wildlife crime cases, largely thanks to reports from members of the public to our Hotline. These resulted in the rescue of more than 2,500 live wild animals from the illegal wildlife trade, through confiscations and voluntary transfers.

Animals rescued include bears, tigers, pangolins, macaques, various reptiles, and a variety of tortoises and turtles.

The following are a few examples of successful cases that have occurred since our last report:

• An Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) was voluntarily transferred to Ninh Binh Bear Sanctuary, making Hai Duong the latest bear farm-free province, together with 45 other provinces across Vietnam (Case ref. 13712/ENV). In addition, two more Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) from a bear farm in Hanoi were voluntarily transferred to the Bear Rescue Center in Bach Ma National Park (Case ref. 2833/ENV).

• 2,600 kg of pangolin scales were seized, and two subjects were arrested during a collaborative operation undertaken with the Nghe An Economic Police (Case ref. 28974/ENV).

• ENV assisted a resort in Nho Quan district of Ninh Binh province in voluntarily transferring six long-tailed macaques to Cuc Phuong National Park (Case ref. 27203/ENV).

• In response to a public report to the ENV Wildlife Crime Hotline, the Thai Binh Provincial Forest Protection Department confiscated three pig-tailed macaques (Macaca leonina), two rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta), a Burmese python (Python bivittatus), and two crocodiles from a resort in Thai Binh province. The animals were relocated to Hoang Lien National Park (Case ref. 3098/ENV).

• In December 2023, ENV witnessed the incineration of 456.9 kg of ivory, 138.7 kg of rhino horn, 6.2 tonnes of pangolin scales, and 3.1 tonnes of lion bones – all evidence from two cases of port seizures occurring in 2021 and 2022 respectively – carried out by the Da Nang Civil Judgment Enforcement Department (Case refs. 20572, 22583/ENV). 


Legislation and Policy Team

Overall, in 2023, ENV’s Policy and Legislation team assisted in more than 60 criminal cases, providing input and support to law enforcement agencies aimed at bringing criminals to justice. Among the most recent prosecutions, the following cases were particularly notable:

• In October 2023, a six-year prison sentence was given to a man found in possession of a tiger trophy, a tiger head trophy, six tiger skins, a leopard (Panthera pardus) skin, and a suspected wild buffalo head trophy (Case ref. 26137/ENV).

• In November 2023, a 12-year sentence was handed down to a man who smuggled 11.82 kg of rhino horn and 4.712 kg of ivory bracelets from Angola to Vietnam (Case ref. 27000/ENV).

• In November 2023, a woman was sentenced to 12 months of suspended sentence and 24 months’ probation by Buon Don District Court for illegally selling bear claws on social media (Case ref. 24261/ENV).

• In December 2023, Lao Cai City Court sentenced a subject reported to the ENV Wildlife Crime Hotline to a suspended sentence of 12 months and 24 months’ probation for selling a pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) on the street (Case ref. 27838/ENV).

Communications and Public Awareness Team

In November 2023, ENV released the fourth Public Service Announcement (PSA) of 2023 and ENV’s 56th, titled “Knock Knock.” The PSA aims to raise public awareness about everyday wildlife crimes and the negative consequences associated with these violations. In the PSA, examples of common wildlife crimes are shown through a series of snapshots featuring individuals of different genders, ages, and social statuses. Some of these people seem to be engaged in “normal” daily activities without realizing that they are doing something in violation of the law and might face consequences.

Furthermore, to reach a wider audience and to raise awareness about wildlife protection, we partnered with the Department of Information and Communications to send text messages to 1.9 million mobile subscribers in Dak Lak, a region in Vietnam notorious for being an ivory retail hotspot. The message aimed to encourage local people to stop trading ivory, reduce the demand for it, and promote reports of any violations to the ENV Wildlife Crime Hotline.

Finally, in December, in collaboration with our partner Sporting Republic, we hosted Vietnam’s first “Run for Turtles,” the 14th Song Hong Half Marathon. The event aimed at promoting the conservation of turtles and encouraging the public not to illegally buy or sell turtles or keep them as pets and saw 500 runners from 27 countries participating.

Your contribution has been crucial in the many successful endeavors achieved in the past year. We look forward to sharing more news with you as we keep up the fight for wildlife with the same energy and motivation as the day ENV was founded 15 years ago.

Thank you, and until next time!

Incineration of seized illegal wildlife products
Incineration of seized illegal wildlife products
Incineration of seized illegal wildlife products
Incineration of seized illegal wildlife products
Long-tailed macaques transferred to rescue center
Long-tailed macaques transferred to rescue center
"Knock Knock" Public Service Announcement (PSA)
"Knock Knock" Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Song Hong half marathon - Run for Turtles
Song Hong half marathon - Run for Turtles
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ENV Wildlife Conservation Trust

Location: Marshall, VA - USA
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Project Leader:
Quyen Vu
Marshall , VA United States
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