Viet Nam; CITES Wildlife Officials to Reveal Dramatic Fall in Rhino Horn Demand

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Hugh Paxton’s blog will be participating in this teleconference. Vietnam. Rhinos. Good news? A novel combination! If you are a conservationist, a journo, an African who is sick and tired of criminal gangs shooting your rhinos for export to a country where rhino horn is used as – Gawd help us – a hangover cure, perhaps you should participate.

From: Raul Arce-Contreras [mailto:rcontreras@humanesociety.org]
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 3:01 PM
To: paxton.bkk@gmail.com
Subject: Viet Nam & CITES Wildlife Officials to Reveal Dramatic Fall in Rhino Horn Demand

MEDIA ADVISORY

Viet Nam & CITES Wildlife Officials to Reveal Dramatic Fall in Rhino Horn Demand Following Year-Long Campaign

Impact of Year-Long Rhino Campaign in Viet Nam to be Highlighted

Register to join our media teleconference on Thursday 16 Oct at 10am BST

What:

A press teleconference at which we will announce the impact of a year-long public education campaign in Viet Nam that has resulted in a significant decrease in demand for rhinoceros horn. This decrease is documented in a poll of Viet Nam residents the results of which will also be released. The telephone numbers are below.

When:

  • Thursday, 16 Oct., 2014
  • 10.00 BST; 1600 ICT; 500 EDT

Who:

  • Humane Society International: Teresa M. Telecky, Ph.D., wildlife director
  • Viet Nam CITES Management Authority, Administration of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development: Nguyen Minh Thuong, international cooperation officer
  • CITES Secretariat: John E. Scanlon, secretary-general

Background:

The campaign focused on Ha Noi, and was a collaboration between animal protection group Humane Society International and Viet Nam’s CITES Management Authority within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The campaign engaged stakeholder groups including the Ha Noi Women’s Association, the business community, university students and school children, to spread anti-rhino horn use messages. The messages were also spread through advertisements on city and airport billboards and city buses, and nationally through press coverage.

The Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) identified Viet Nam as the primary consumer market for rhino horns and directed it to conduct a campaign to reduce demand.

Dial-in information:

Please RSVP by Wednesday, 15 Oct. to the media contact listed below with the country where you are calling from to receive the toll free dial-in information.

Toll number: +1 212 231 2900

Images available upon request.

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Media contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: rcontreras, +1 240-620-3263

Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organisations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at hsi.org.

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