Vietnam’s Prime Minister issues new wildlife directive, shows strong leadership in protecting species and global health

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc today issued a new directive with urgent and powerful measures to restrict wildlife trade and consumption, and reduce further pandemic risk.  

With immediate effect, the directive (29/CT-TTg) bans imports of live wild animals and wildlife products, strictly eliminates any wildlife markets, and prohibits any hunting, transporting, slaughtering, selling, buying, storing, consuming, or advertising of wildlife, including online sales.

Although the list of wildlife species allowed for farming has not yet been amended, the directive strengthens measures to monitor epidemics and veterinary hygiene at permitted wildlife farming operations, as well as requiring submission to the Government for promulgation a list of domesticated wild animals for management in accordance with the Law on Livestock and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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