The Education for Nature – Viet Nam (ENV) yesterday launched a campaign declaring war on crimes against pangolins.
The campaign aims to end all consumption and trade of pangolins and their scales in the country, the centre said.
To reach the target, the centre has called on the support of the government and authorised agencies.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, pangolins are the most poached and trafficked animals on earth, with an estimated one million animals being illegally traded in the past 10 years.
This trade is driven primarily by Viet Nam and China, who are considered the two most critical links in the trans-national chain of illegal pangolins traders.
In October 2015, customs officials in Guangdong, China, seized 11.5 tonnes of pangolin carcasses, the largest seizure of pangolins in the past five years.
Over the last five months alone, there have been at least seven tonnes of pangolin scales confiscated at ports in Viet Nam, in addition to 16 cases, documented by the centre, involving close to a tonne of live pangolins seized from smugglers.