A Promising New Year for Endangered Wildlife February 2013

ARREST logoFin FreeARREST Program partners took direct steps to reduce consumption of endangered species during Chinese and Vietnamese New Year celebrations through media and public and private sector outreach. Vietnam’s Ministry of Environment’s (MoNRE) Biodiversity Conservation Authority (BCA) prepared a first-of-its-kind directive sent out by the Minister of Environment to all Vietnam Government oces,requesting that all government ocers refrain from consuming wildlife during the Tt (Vietnamese New Year) and to refrain from wildlife consumption throughout the year. In Thailand, ARREST teamed up with local NGOs, organizing a press conference and walk rally to launch the new “Fin Free Thailand” campaign. Supported by celebrities, students, prominent chefs and businesses, the campaign encourages businesses to ban shark n from their menus and advises consumers to refrain from eating it by drawing attention to the environmental impacts and health risks associated with consuming shark n. ARREST partner FREELAND also helped DPA News Agency put out a syndicated and widely circulated article on changes taking place in China, Vietnam, and Thailand with respect to wildlife trade and consumption.

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