Vietnamese Youth Debate about Wildlife Trafficking. December 2012

ARREST-Newsletter_02_Oct-Dec-2012_final-87ENV logo ENMore than 70 university students and recent graduates joined a screening of National Geographic’s “Crimes Against Nature: Tiger Trackdown” wildlife crime documentary film and discussion forum at the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The film features a task force trained with support from USAID to stop wildlife poaching and trafficking, which uncovered andarrested key members of a syndicate trafficking endangered tigers from Thailand to Vietnam. Attendees engaged in a lively discussion covering topics including: routes and methods used by wildlife traffickers, sale of tiger products in Vietnam, and debated the conservation implications of captive breeding. The screening and forum was organized by the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with ARREST. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), and FREELAND Foundation helped facilitate the discussion. ENV’s mobile team subsequently moved out to engage hundreds of university students in Quang Binh province through on-campus seminars to raise awareness and encourage reporting of wildlife crime.

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