South Africa

Vietnam, the biggest hub for illegal rhino horn trafficking, has done little to stop it

Vietnam, the biggest hub for illegal rhino horn trafficking, has done little to stop it

Vietnam has become the biggest hub in the world for trafficking in horns and other body parts of the rhinoceros, a critically endangered species which is being killed by poachers in South Africa at the rate of one every eight hours.

An estimated 1,300 rhinos are slaughtered for their horns across Africa annually—up from just 100 in 2008—with the bulk of rhino horn smuggled by criminal gangs into Vietnam, according to surveys by international wildlife trade experts.

Yet Vietnam hasn’t launched a single successful high-level prosecution against...

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