Give wildlife the gift of peace in nature
ENV has been championing endangered wildlife in Vietnam for 18 years. In that time, we have forged collaborative working relationships with law makers, law enforcement agencies and the public to fight the illegal wildlife trade and rescue endangered wildlife.
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Our track record is one of getting stuff done on the ground in Vietnam since 2000. We are results-driven and always put wildlife first, ensuring the best possible outcome. However, all this takes time, energy and resources. We are, therefore, asking you today to donate to ENV and give wildlife the chance it deserves to thrive in nature where it belongs.
Together with our collaborative partners in Vietnam we have disrupted major criminal networks and:
· brought down marine turtle kingpin, Hoang Tuan Hai who was sentenced to 4.5 years in jail;
· supplied intelligence that assisted in the prosecution of rhino horn smuggler, Nguyen Mau Chien;
· navigated ENV’s recommendations into Vietnam’s revised Penal Code;
· reduced the number of Vietnamese farm bears from a high of 4,200 in 2005 to circa 800 today;
· closed down an entire bear bile tourism industry in Quang Ninh province;
· oversaw a record 23 provinces become bear farm-free;
· shut down the notorious illegal wildlife market in Dong Xuan; and
· after two years of investigation and evidence gathering brought infamous illegal wildlife internet trader, Phan Huynh Anh Khoa to justice, ending his devastation of endangered species and ensuring he received a stiff five-year prison sentence.
All of this - and more - has only been possible through partnership working, especially with the public and ENV’s small army of volunteers the length of Vietnam reporting wildlife crime to our toll-free hotline, which to date has dealt with over 17,000 cases and rescued thousands of protected animals from the illegal wildlife trade.
As a non-profit organization we rely completely on donations from external sources and concerned members of the public like you. Whether on your own behalf or as a meaningful festive gift for a loved one, your donation will make a difference and help ensure some of the world’s most iconic species are saved from extinction.
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· $50 will rescue a macaque, loris, leopard cat, or other live animal reported to ENV by the public. ENV will ensure that the animal is either released back into the wild or transferred to a rescue center.
· $100 helps support the operation of ENV’s national Wildlife Crime Hotline through which the public reports wildlife crimes. ENV’s Wildlife Crime Unit receives about three new cases each day. Since 2005, 13,500 cases have been handled by the crime unit resulting in the confiscation of thousands of animals, closure of markets, and compliance by restaurants and other businesses that no longer sell wildlife.
· $150 will support the ENV Rapid Response Team to assist police on location in cases involving live bears, tigers, or seizures of animals like pangolins. The response team facilitates the transfer of animals to appropriate rescue centers.
· $1,000 supports one ENV “Outpost” for a year. Each outpost is composed of volunteers who are recruited and trained to monitor restaurants and markets, report violations, and host local awareness activities urging the public not to consume wildlife. ENV Outposts are currently active in 17 cities throughout Vietnam.
Every dollar counts when it comes to rescuing endangered animals from the illegal wildlife trade.
2018 has been another successful year. As of April 2019, farmed bear numbers in Vietnam slumped to approximately 700 on the back of our ongoing campaign of persuasion to get bear farmers to call it a day. Last year alone there were 18 bear transfers to rescue centers, bringing the total number of bear farm-free provinces as of May 2019 to 26. We will not quit until the number of bear farms in Vietnam is zero.
The end is in sight for bear farming in Vietnam
In addition to ongoing campaigns to end bear farming and protect endangered tigers, rhinos and elephants, we also operate a toll-free wildlife crime hotline to enable members of the public and our network of 7,500 volunteers across Vietnam to report violations involving endangered animals. This has proved highly effective in removing protected wildlife from illegal captivity and an uncertain fate.
We work hand-in-hand with the local authorities to ensure they act on our intelligence, remove to a rescue center, or release, endangered wildlife, and enforce the law to its fullest extent.
Among our most recent rescues are:
* 174 turtles from a pagoda. They were subsequently released back into nature after a chance visit to the pagoda in southern Vietnam by an ENV volunteer.
* The recovery of two highly rare Owstons’ civets in a sting operation with the local authorities. Following a tip-off from an ENV volunteer we ‘played’ a Facebook illegal wildlife seller for a month to gain his trust before engineering him into meeting up with our buyer, an undercover cop.
The civets are now in the Carnivore and Pangolins Conservation Program rescue center at Cuc Phuong National Park.
* A proactive trawl of the internet by our wildlife crime unit uncovered a Hawksbill turtle for sale online. As usual, greed won over caution and the illegal wildlife seller walked straight into our trap, unwittingly taking our buyer, an undercover cop, to his home to inspect the turtle. The 11kg turtle was subsequently released back to sea.
Please note this is a very small sample of our successes. These highlighted cases all occurred in a single month! Our dedicated wildlife crime team are patient and persistent. They are a remarkable bunch fighting each day for wildlife…and winning.
Join ENV on the journey to give wildlife a better chance of life in 2019 and beyond. Your generosity will have an impact. Every donation brings us a little closer to handing the world over to the next generation with wildlife in the wild, not consigned to history books. Together we can make it happen.
ENV has just wrapped up filming of our latest Public Service Announcement video in Hanoi.
Set in a prison, the video shows the real human cost behind those tempted to engage in the illegal wildlife trade. Suffice to say, Vietnamese prison is not a fun place to be, and impacts families, not just those convicted.
We are now in post-production and will let you know as soon the video is released.
The trio have been sentenced to a total of over 27 years behind bars following a car stop by Lao Cai police in May last year. Two suspects were found with four rhino horns and horn pieces. The police later traced the owner of the prohibited goods.
As soon as the arrests were made, ENV pushed the prosecutors to pursue the case to the letter of the law.
(Image credit: Zing.vn)
ENV has sprung a second sting operation in a month to catch an illegal wildlife trader with two very young dead tiger cubs. With the help of Bac Ninh Environment Police, we were able to lure the subject out into the open and deliver the tiger cubs straight into the hands of officers. The cubs had been offered for sale on Facebook and we conned the lowlife over the course of two weeks.
ENV has struck again. Are you listening illegal wildlife traders?
ENV has been picking up some solid news coverage of late. This from the New York Times: "If there’s hope for Vietnam’s natural heritage, we learned, some of it resides with creative, sometimes courageous conservation groups like Education for Nature-Vietnam. They push research, criminal investigations, political fights and legal maneuvers forward. Those bring risk."
Here's the link to the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/01/travel/vietnam-wildlife-species-ecotravel-tourism.html
Meanwhile, so far in April we have rescued:
• 1 loris in a joint ENV/police sting operation
• 4 macaques
• 1 hawksbill turtle
• 1 yellow-headed temple turtle
• And had an illegal wildlife trader apprehended by the police acting on an ENV evidence dossier
Stay tuned for more. And thank you for your donations. The Gift of Peace appeal is now standing at $1585, within striking distance of our $2,000 target. Amazing