Hanoi, HCMC least successful at addressing wildlife crime

By Phan Anh   August 9, 2023 | 06:24 pm PT
Hanoi, HCMC least successful at addressing wildlife crime
A caged bear is seen during a rescue operation from a facility where bear bile is extracted in Vietnam's northern Thai Nguyen Province in April 2018. Photo by AFP
Hanoi and HCMC are among the least effective localities in Vietnam in addressing reports of wildlife crime, according to a report by Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV).

The report on the responsiveness of law enforcement to wildlife crime in 2022, issued on Wednesday, revealed that only 16.9% of cases regarding wildlife crimes reported to authorities in HCMC resulted in successful action, even though the southern metropolis had the highest number of publicly reported wildlife crime cases at 444, accounting for around 40% of all cases recorded nationwide last year.

Meanwhile, only 28.3% of cases reported in Hanoi resulted in successful operations, the report said. The capital had publicly recorded 113 cases in total last year, according to the report.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province that borders HCMC has the third largest number of publicly reported cases of wildlife crime last year - 38, followed by Dong Nai at 37 and Dak Lak at 32.

The locality with the highest success rate when it came to dealing with reports about wildlife crime was Quang Nam with an 84.6% success rate, followed by Da Nang at 61.9% and Dak Lak at 56.3%.

Some 1,153 public reports on wildlife crime were recorded last year nationwide, with 32.7% of them then successfully resolved.

Starting 2019, the ENV, an NGO on nature conservation, initiated the Combat Wildlife Trafficking Responsiveness and Performance Ranking System, which evaluate localities’ capabilities for wildlife protection and enforcement based on three indicators: the success rate of addressing wildlife crime in general, in dealing with live animal violations and the responsiveness to publicly reported wildlife violations.

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