On July 18th Da Nang Customs Division mentioned it had seized a container holding greater than 138 kg of rhino horn and greater than 3.1 tons of animal bones on the banned checklist from South Africa. The contraband was imported via Tien Sa port (Da Nang) and was declared as wooden.
The Customs Division mentioned on the morning of July 17, it had coordinated with the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Division, the Environmental Police Division (C05) – Ministry of Business and Commerce and different authorities to look a container transported from South Africa to Vietnam on suspicion that imported items weren’t correctly declared.
The interdisciplinary power found greater than 138KG of animal horns and three.1 tons of animal bones suspected to be on the checklist of untamed fauna species that’s protected beneath the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). These are suspected to be lion bones that are used within the manufacture of illicit tiger bone wine.
The rise in demand for tiger bone wine, supposedly due to a mistaken perception that consuming it boosts virility and sexual prowess, has drawn consideration to the plight of Asian tigers which have been bred and harvested to fabricate the wine. The demand has led to using lion bone as a substitute of tiger bones and opened up an avenue for captive lion breeders in South Africa to reap and commerce in lion bones.
Restricted commerce in lion bones in South Africa has been permitted for a lot of years. This commerce is at present beneath evaluation by South Africa’s Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs. On 2 Could the division’s Minister Barbara Creecy launched the report of a high-level panel that was appointed to evaluation insurance policies, regulatory measures, practices and coverage positions which can be associated to looking, commerce, captive protecting, administration and dealing with of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros.
In her announcement she mentioned the panel recognized that “the captive lion breeding business poses dangers to the sustainability of untamed lion conservation ensuing from the unfavorable influence on ecotourism, which funds lion conservation and conservation extra broadly, the unfavorable influence on the genuine wild looking business, and the danger that commerce in lion elements poses to stimulating poaching and unlawful commerce”.
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