Vietnam bans wildlife trade amid COVID-19 pandemic
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Vietnamese government banned Vietnam’s wildlife trade with immediate effect, in order to reduce the risk of new pandemics, the government said in a statement today.
The country’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a directive that bans imports of live wild animals and wildlife products, eliminates wildlife markets.
Prohibitions on illegal hunting and trading of wild animals, including online sales, have also been enforced.
The Southeast Asian country is an important destination for illegal wildlife products such as pangolin scales and elephant ivory.
“The wildlife consumption ban mentioned in the directive is insufficient as some uses of wildlife such as medicinal use or wild animals being kept as pets are not covered,” Nguyen Van Thai, director of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, said.