Hugh Paxton’s Blog received the following. It isn’t just rhino horns. Vietnam is up to more mischief in Africa.
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From: Adriana Dinu <adriana.dinu>
Date: July 21, 2016 at 2:21:14 PM EDT
To: Nik Sekhran <nik.sekhran>, Midori Paxton <midori.paxton>
Subject: FW: Report: Vietnam’s booming Ivory Market
This is so depressing read. Wish I had this data before the meeting with the Vietnam Vice President, so I could have include it in Helen’s briefing to raise it. It is so sick! Quo Vadis Homo sapiens?
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From: Iain Douglas-Hamilton [mailto:iain]
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:30 PM
To: Adriana Dinu <adriana.dinu>
Subject: Report: Vietnam’s booming Ivory Market
I have the pleasure in forwarding to you a copy of ourPress Release of a study we are publishing entitled Vietnam’s Illegal Ivory Trade threatening Africa’s elephants.
Following their reports on the ivory markets in China in 2014 and in Hong Kong in 2015, a new report on Vietnam’s ivory trade by researchers Lucy Vigne and Esmond Martin reveals dramatic increases in the number of pieces for retail sale, the number of artisans joining the lucrative industry, and its fundamentally illegal nature.
With most of the products being carved or processed being small transportable jewelry items, and the majority of the buyers coming from mainland China, Vietnam is now one of the world’s biggest illegal ivory markets. The number of pieces for sale rose more than 6 times between 2008 and 2015, with most of the ivory now originating from Africa. No other country is known to be as active in both illegal imports of new raw tusks and illegal exports of the final ivory products.
We have seen great gains made against the ivory trade over the past year, with a federal ban in the US, a timeline announced by Hong Kong and a presidential commitment from China. We must work together with governments to prevent markets from springing up elsewhere like Vietnam.
Iain Douglas-Hamilton D Phil CBE
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