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WWF says Vietnam is the worst country for wildlife crime

WWF says Vietnam is the worst country for wildlife crime

A conservation group says Vietnam is the worst country for wildlife crime in its first-ever ranking of how well 23 countries in Asia and Africa protect rhinos, tigers and elephants.

WWF says Vietnam is the main destination for rhino horns trafficked from South Africa. The Switzerland-based group also said Vietnam's 2007 decision to legalize tiger farms undermines its efforts to police illegal trade in tiger products.

China finished a close second. It's widely viewed as the world's largest market for illegal wildlife products. The trade is worth an estimated $8 billion to $10 billion per year in Southeast Asia alone.

Many Asian consumers demand illegal wildlife products for their purported, if unproven, medicinal properties.



Updated : 2021-10-17 15:33 GMT+08:00