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Vietnam and South Africa Join Forces to Crack Down on the Illicit Trade in Rhino Horn

Operation Lock and the War on Rhino PoachingKilling for ProfitWith poaching figures and predictions about the future of the rhino looking ever more grim, South Africa is forging cooperative relationships in order to stop the illicit trade in rhino horns.

Last month, Hoàng Trung Hái, Vietnam’s deputy prime minister, met with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to talk about political and economic relations between the two nations. Among the matters discussed was Vietnam’s campaign to dissuade people of the notion that rhino horn has medicinal properties.

Chantall Presence wrote an article, quoting Hái about the meeting for IOL News:

“In terms of raising awareness of the people on the use of wildlife products, especially the rhino horns, this has been a deep-rooted mindset of the Vietnamese people and it’s about their understanding that the use of those products will help increase their vitality or cure some disease – some wrong impressions – and we also try to make them understand that those are just the myths…,” Hái told journalists at media briefing at Tuynhuys following his discussions with Ramaphosa.

For more about the illegal trade in rhino horns, read Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching by John Hanks and Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade by Julian Rademeyer.

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