Vietnam’s Wildlife Smuggling Continues Unfettered

By Craig Tarasoff

Unfortunately, Vietnam continues to struggle with its illegal wildlife smuggling industry. As one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, thousands of illegal hunters prowl the forests of Vietnam looking to cash in. The pangolin, which is almost extinct, is a prized capture, selling for $60 per pound. Unlike in other countries of the world, those caught trafficking wildlife in Vietnam often evade punishment. The founder of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, Nguyen Van Thain, has worked to intercept poached animals before they reach the black market. He has helped rescue 20 pangolins, in the past three months. Read more about his story at the New York Times.