According to a survey recently released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), up to 108 wild animal species are found to be trafficked illegally over 33 Vietnamese websites.
At a conference held in Ha Noi last Wednesday, Deputy Director of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Viet Nam's Management Authority Do Quang Tung, said that the survey, which was first conducted in Viet Nam, was thought to help CITES Viet Nam outline effective ways to curb the situation in the country.
WCS Country Director of Viet Nam Scott Roberton said that reptiles such as snakes, iguanas and crocodiles have been found to be available for sale on the following websites yeuthucung.com, arowana.com.vn, 5giay.com and rongbay.com. He also mentioned that monkeys, elephants, squirrels and even tigers were being sold on these websites.
The survey states that 24 per cent of wild animals are protected by Viet Nam law, while a different 24 per cent are banned from trading by CITES and 17.6 per cent are listed under the global ‘endangered species' list.
The survey also discovered that about 84 per cent of wildlife species were trafficked to be sold as pets, 9 per cent for food and 1 per cent for traditional medicine processing.
Tung from the Viet Nam division of CITES said that as a global organisation, CITES actually started to prevent wildlife trafficking via the internet since 2004.
"However, Viet Nam is yet to conduct a nation-wide assessment of wild animal trafficking that happens over internet," Tung said. "This is despite the fact that wild animal trafficking via the internet is believed to have been happening in Viet Nam for a whole decade."
Hoang Xuan Trinh, head of the Forest Management Department's Inspectorate Legal Department said that poor management was blamed for the shortcomings in dealing with wild animal trafficking via the internet in Viet Nam. More....