HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam declared Friday that it had been prohibiting wildlife imports and could shut wildlife markets in reaction to renewed concerns regarding the danger of diseases that could jump from creatures to people, like the virus which leads to COVID-19.
Additionally, it merits tougher penalties for offenses involving the trade in wildlife.
Vietnam has been a favorite destination for wildlife goods — frequently from endangered species — which are used in traditional medicine or in preparing tropical cuisine. The move comes amid increased scrutiny of their health dangers of the wildlife trade as the world addresses the new coronavirus, which is considered to have jumped out of creatures to individuals.
“The presence of wildlife markets in several places has been a large issue in Vietnam for quite a while,” said Phuong Tham, state manager for the Humane Society International Vietnam.
“This rapacious appetite for wildlife is endangering not only these species’ survival, but since we’ve seen with all the coronavirus outbreak, it’s endangering people’s lives too. So this ban can not arrive soon enough,” Tham said.
The new directive contains recommendations which conservationists have been producing for decades, such as cracking down on domestic markets,” stated Steve Galster, the manager of Freeland, a team working on finishing the wildlife trade.
“COVID-19 raised the problem of wildlife trade, therefore Vietnamese lawmakers got involved with the problem in a previous couple of months and helped push the directive ahead,” he explained.
The directive isn’t ideal as it has exceptions which will permit a few trade-in wild creatures to last, but it’s a fantastic beginning and can make more powerful over time, Galster stated.
The Australian authorities on Saturday welcomed the choice. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud stated Vietnam’s crackdown was a huge triumph for international public health.
“Vietnam is diminishing the danger of potential pandemics and showing the world how we could handle these markets to the future,” Littleproud explained. “All countries must keep people safe from injury and regulating the creation and purchase of wild animals that carry diseases is a crucial part of the
He said the Vietnamese authorities ought to be congratulated for their leadership in carrying an “evidence-based method of reducing the chance of animal to human diseases being dispersed. Australia will also continue to pursue international reforms with this particular issue in which other opportunities exist.”