Vietnam has rapidly grown to be the world’s largest recipient of illegal rhino horn from South Africa, with record numbers of rhinos being poached, Vietnamese consumers employing proxy hunters from Eastern Europe and Vietnamese nationals arrested with illicit rhino horns.
The Vietnamese government urgently needs to demonstrate political will in tackling the trafficking of rhino horn, through rigorous law enforcement activities, arrests and sentencing.
We won’t be able to make any progress until Vietnam admits it’s got a problem.
The UK is leading calls for Vietnam and China to stem the roaring demand for ivory that is driving the rise in poaching in Africa.
If the demand for rhino horns in Vietnam continues at the current rate it could threaten to wipe out this majestic animal.