Vietnam Banned Its Wildlife Imports and Illegal Wildlife Markets, How about Indonesia?

Vietnam has just made a great progress in fighting wildlife crime by banning its wildlife trade. Cited from the online newspaper of the government, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc signed this ban on wildlife imports and illegal wildlife markets on July 23rd. This measure is a response to the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry that sent a document to the departments of agriculture and rural development to asked them tighten control of and prevent wildlife trade.
This also happens as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that threatens many people in this country as the number of its cases arise. That’s why the prime minister issued an urgent measure to tighten the management of its wildlife, which many believed that wet market has become one of the major sources of this pandemic.
Centre for Orangutan Protection Director, Daniek Hendarto stated, “learn from Vietnam by closing its illegal wildlife markets and ban wildlife imports can reduce the spread of COVID-19. If this step can be applied in Indonesia, it will surely make a great impact to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and also to suppress the rate of wildlife hunting that was usually used to supply bird markets. Then by closing wildlife and bird markets, hopefully it can also suppress the threat of extinction to our wildlife.”
Vietnam used to be known as one of the hotspots in the illegal wildlife trade around Southeast Asia. Wildlife such as pangolin, rhino horn, clouded leopard, black bears, gibbons, and other rare species has been smuggled and sold in its wet market as meat. Just like other people around Southeast Asia, many Vietnamese people believed that consuming wildlife products have many benefits to their health or as a status symbol.
But as we know, illegal trade and poaching become the major cause of extinction of wildlife. Just like Vietnam, Indonesia is also one of the countries that still selling its wildlife in wet market. Many seller and poachers in Indonesia smuggled wildlife to other country around South East Asia.
But as the number of COVID-19 cases arise faster, Indonesia’s government still not showing its move to ban or tighten control of its wet market and wildlife trade. Until now, Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) still trying to urge the government to put more concern into this issue. To stop its wildlife trade like bird markets and other wet markets. And also, to applied its law enforcement more strictly.

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