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Vietnam WWF: Country Ranks the Worst for Rhino Poaching

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Vietnam WWF: Country Ranks the Worst for Rhino Poaching
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Vietnam, according to the WWF, ranks among the worst countries in Asia when it comes to protecting endangered species. The World Wildlife Federation, which is based out of Switzerland, has found that the country is a hot-spot destination for those looking to sell rhino horns trafficked from South Africa. 448 rhinos were killed in 2011 alone, with an additional 262 already murdered this year. Several Vietnamese have been arrested for their crimes, including a handful of diplomats. Sadly, it doesn’t appear this trend will end anytime soon.

“It is time for Vietnam to face the fact that its illegal consumption of rhino horn is driving the widespread poaching of endangered rhinos in Africa, and that it must crack down on the illegal rhino horn trade. Vietnam should review its penalties and immediately curtail retail markets, including Internet advertising for horn,” explained Elisabeth McLellan, Global Species Programm manager at WWF.

The WWF released a report detailing 23 countries thought to be heavily involved in the illegal trade of endangered animals. According to the Brookings Institute, which is based out of Washington D.C., such practices are thought to bring in between $8 billion and $10 billion per year throughout Southeast Asia. With that much money tied into the black market, getting countries to crack down on such practices will be harder than most realize.

Of course, Vietnam isn’t the only country in the region guilty of not cracking down on people who make a living from butchering endangered animals. China came in at a close second, with Thailand trailing not too far behind.

“In Thailand, illegal African ivory is being openly sold in up-scale boutiques that cater to unsuspecting tourists. Governments will be taking up this troubling issue this week,” McLellan said. “So far Thailand has not responded adequately to concerns and, with the amount of ivory of uncertain origin in circulation, the only credible option at this stage is a ban on ivory trade.”

There is a bit of a silver lining to this depressing story. Both India and Nepal received positive marks from the WWF, the latter of which celebrated an entire year without a reported case of rhino poaching. The country attributes this accomplishment to a new wave of anti-poaching laws.

Vietnam WWF: Country Ranks the Worst for Rhino Poaching
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  • Parker

    America should have nuke the country when they had the chance.

    • Richie

      We should Have NUKE THE DAMM COUNTRY…..OFF THE FACE OF THE REAL world….But First Take All The Animals Off. As A vietnam Vet 1966 to 1967. I don’t forget or forgive The vietnamese People. If the People Of South Vietnam Nan Had Any BALLS thay still Have A country… I hate That This Country Even Lets them Fly there Old No Country FLAG Here…..

      • Sophia

        It’s ignorant people like all of you who are too narcissistic about yourselves and your damn country that get me pissed off. Get it behind your thick skulls that people in their country don’t have luxuries. Most people don’t have an education in Vietnam. They don’t have running water, electricity, or plumbing.
        The only hard thing that you have to do every day is get off your fat asses, open the fridge, and whine when you notice that you’ve run out of beer. You, my friends, are the stereotypical Americans. This is why some countries hate us Americans. And I am really, really, really sad to call myself an American after seeing your comments.
        Back then, when the war was still on, some American soldiers raped, tortured, and slaughtered innocent men, women, and children. Now I’m not saying that all of the soldiers did that, but those events made a big impact back in the States and all around the world. Now Richie, you say that you were a Vietnam Veteran. Maybe you remember the My Lai massacre? Hmm? Does that event make you proud to be a ‘Vietnam Vet’ as your say you are?
        The comments you’ve made remind me of another story, actually… if you think back to our history, did we not practically force them out and kill every single Native Indian that was already here before we set foot in this land? We robbed them of their homes, THEIR roots. And all we did was laugh and drive them farther and farther off, until they were gone.
        So, maybe next time you saying things like, ‘We should’ve nuked those bloody idiots…’ think about them nuking America. Killing your mother. Your father. Your brother and sisters. Your wife or husband. Your children. Yourself. Everyone you have ever loved or cherished in your life. Your existence—-gone in an instance.
        Death isn’t something that you can easily make a joke out of. Especially when you wish it upon millions of innocent people whom you’ve never met. Maybe one day, you’ll understand.

      • aVNPerson

        Sophia, Rcihie is just a poor redneck w/o any education.

      • Ricky

        what if we nuke your country huh just because you the racist white people

      • ricky

        your lucky your name is not on the Vietnam war memorial wall in Washington Dc keep your mouth shut you

      • jh

        Hey Richie aka “Red Neck”, why don’t you go nuke your self dude. You are the most racist person that I have seen. You should be lock-up for your inconsiderable crazy thoughts. You are the one that made all the American looks bad. You should be ashamed of yourself for making those comments, and finally you make all the Vietnam Veterans look worthless of what they have done to the country of Vietnam. Shame, shame, shame!!

    • Ricky

      huh you racist you hate my country Vietnam i beat you i know the martial arts i beat you

  • Jon Bentz

    Filthy gooks!

    • screwybruce

      china did NOT have the capiblities back then, must be a liberal as you state incorrect facts, which means untruths or just plain lies.

  • Fin

    China would have nuked us if we nuked Vietnam.

  • Richie

    No way. China HA HA HA …….Little Chicken SHits

  • John

    The American residents of the Hanoi Hilton did not fare to well either.

  • killer orc

    The Vietnam govt. should make a deal with makers of Viagra and other drug companies to ship drugs to that country even if there are only experimental ones. They don’t care for their own people why should they care about animals. Communists are atheists who believe in evolution and survival of the fittest. That means kills all the lesser inferior creatures.

  • tilka

    I am outraged at Vietnam and believe we should go to war with them.

    • JP

      Why?

  • minglei

    I was adopted by a very most hard, but loving family from Vietnam in 1968, is when 3 other orphans and myself flew into D.I.A.. Presendent Nixon greeted us all.
    I was only 3 and could speak no language.
    I grew up loving and having animals of my own. To this day, I still support any animal protection activists completely 100%!
    Please don’t kill what little we have as far as the wildlife is concerned. Even if it means GREED!

  • minglei

    I was adopted by a very most hard, but loving family from Vietnam in 1968, is when 3 other orphans and myself flew into D.I.A.. President Nixon greeted us all.
    I was only 3 and could speak no language.
    I grew up loving and having animals of my own. To this day, I still support any animal protection activists completely 100%!
    Please don’t kill what little we have as far as the wildlife is concerned. Even if it means GREED!