Vietnam National University of Forestry (VNUF) participates in “End Bear Farming and Trade” Campaign

May 3, 2017 5:14 PM
On 27 April 2017, the Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) collaborated with the VNUF Students Association to organize “End Bear Farming and Trade” Campaign, aimed at urged consumers not to use bear bile.

At the campaign, the participants pledged and called on people not involved in consuming bear products, as well as providing ideas to minimize the demand of wild animals‘s products. The activities of the event have received the enthusiastic response of VNUF lecturers and students .Through the banners, stories, videos and surveys, participants have an overview about the current status of captivity and the usage of bear bile in Vietnam. In addition, the hotline number 18001522 to inform ENV when detecting violations to wildlife has been introduced to people. Besides, the discussion and idea exchange have collected many effective solutions for the bear conservation in Vietnam

"Vietnam is home to two species of bears; the Asiatic black bear (Ursus Thibetanus) and the Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus). Both species are protected under Vietnam's wildlife protection law Decree 160 (2013). It is illegal to hunt, trap, possess, kill, sell or advertise bears or bear products in Vietnam. They are also protected by international law under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

In 2005 the Vietnamese government launched efforts to phase out bear farming. The first step of this process was to register all of the approximately 4,300 bears being held in captivity on farms, and insert microchips in each one so that they can be identified during future inspections. The phase-out process began once all known captive bears were registered, and now any new bears discovered on a farm without microchips are to be confiscated and the owner punished. Attrition will reduce the number of captive bears on farms, and without replacements, bear farming will be phased out and eventually end. As 2015, the government estimated that this number had reduced by around 72% since 2005, to approximately 1,250 captive bears, indicating that the program is working"  (Sources: Education for Nature – Vietnam)

Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV) was established in 2000 as Vietnam's first non-governmental organization focused on the conservation of nature and the protection of the environment.

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