HSI has supported the Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) of Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) since 2006 and other wildlife trade programs in Vietnam since 2000.

Vietnam is a hotspot for wildlife crime, driven partially by a growing middle class increasing consumer demand for foods, medicines and pets that were previously beyond reach, and also to feed similar growing demand in China.

ENV tackles this crisis by operating a public toll-free national hotline for reporting wildlife crimes. ENV works closely with law enforcement agencies to track each case from investigation through to prosecution where appropriate. ENV has tackled everything from restaurants serving endangered pangolins to a ring smuggling macaques for the pet trade.

A special focus is given to priority species including bears, tigers, rhino horn and ivory trade and the team also works to strengthen local policy, legislation and enforcement aimed at protecting wildlife.

Image: WSPA / Ha Tay