Microchips re-implanted in 200 captive bears in Hanoi

The Hanoi Forest Protection Department and World Animal Protection (WAP) finished re-implanting microchips in 200 captive bears earlier this week in the capital city – which boasts the highest number of bile farms as well as captive bears in the country. An unregistered and not yet microchipped tibetan bear discovered in Hanoi.  With latest technology, the new microchips will help monitor the captive bear population effectively without requiring anaesthesia like before. The re-implanting programme is part of an initiative by an alliance of non-governmental organisations dedicated to protecting bears, including Education for Nature – Viet Nam (ENV), World Animal Protection (WAP), and Four Paws International, and aimed at supporting the government in putting an end to bear farming in Viet Nam. More than a decade ago, in 2005, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and WAP (then known as World Society for the Protection of Animals) launched a programme to implant microchips in 4,300 bears held captive in the hundreds of bile farms across Viet Nam. Owing to strict law enforcement and committed support from NGOs and the community, the number of bears in captivity dropped to 1,200 at the end of 2015. Dr Karanvir Kukreja, WAP’s Asia-Pacific wildlife campaign co-ordinator, said microchip re-implantation can fully achieve its aim only if the authorities frequently conduct inspections, monitor the number of bears in bear farms, and make sure that there is no illegal trading of captive bears. The programme will soon extend to other localities where bile farms are…... [read more]

NDO – The Hanoi Forest Protection Department, in coordination with World Animal Protection, has recently completed a re-micro-chipping of over 200 captive bears on farms in Hanoi, allowing for a safer and more efficient monitoring of the bears, without the need for anesthesia. The latest electronic chipping programme in the capital city, one of the hotspots in Vietnam in terms of both the captive bear population and the concentration of farms, is part of a new strategy developed by a coalition of NGOs, including the World Animal Protection, Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV) and Four Paws International, in partnership with the government to expedite the end of bear farming in the country. Dr. Karan Kukreja of World Animal Protection, which initiated the efforts to end bear bile farming in Vietnam in 2004, emphasised the importance of the re-chipping operation in Hanoi. He said that it is critical that the authorities effectively monitor the farms post micro-chipping of bears to ensure that bear farmers do not engage in any form of exploitation of their captive bears, including trading them illegally. After Hanoi, the World Animal Protection (formally World Society for the Protection of Animals) plans to expand the re-micro-chipping programme to other key provinces that have a concentration of bears and bear bile farms, Dr. Karan added. In 2005, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and World Animal Protection initiated a programme to register and insert microchips in over 4,300 captive bears, kept on hundreds…... [read more]

More than 1,200 bears are still living in cages across Vietnam. Forest rangers in Hanoi have rescued a moon bear held captive illegally and transferred the animal to a rescue center. The rangers found the animal at a farm in Phuc Tho District during a series of raids conducted for the first time with World Animal Protection between September 8 and 16. The animal was fine apart from minor facial injuries caused by scratching against the iron cage. More than 1,200 bears are still living in cages at 430 farms across Vietnam, according to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture. That figure is down from more than 4,300 in 2005 when the animals had their bile removed for sale. Many have been rescued or handed over by the owners after the government imposed a ban on bear bile. Nguyen Thi Dung, deputy director of the Hanoi-based conservation organization Education for Nature-Vietnam, which has taken in the latest bear, said with strong actions like the recent raids in Hanoi, “Vietnam is coming closer to ending the entire bear farming business”. Related news: > Vietnam to beef up fight against illegal wildlife trade > Endangered moon bear rescued in Vietnam after decade in captivity... [read more]

Hanoi Forest Ranger Unit has rescued and transferred an Asian black bear illegally kept in Phuc Tho District to the city animal rescue centre on September 22. Phuc Tho District is well-known for raising bears for their bile. There are thousands of bear being raised in the district and normally, the owners extract bile twice a year. In order to make sure that the bear won't be killed off for meat or sold to restaurants, the bears all have chips implanted by the rangers. The Asian black bear was found at a farm in Can Tien Canh Town while the rangers were reviewing and inspecting the number of captive bears from September 8 to 16. It doesn't have any implanted chip and was found in good health condition. This is the first major inspection in Hanoi held by Hanoi Forest Ranger Unit and World Animal Protection Organisation. This is also the first achievement after Hanoi Forest Ranger Unit started tightening management over captive bears since August. Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung, deputy head of Education for Nature-Vietnam, said, "We welcome such positive change and determination of forest ranger unit. All illegally captured bears should be freed. There are about 1,200 captive bears in Vietnam now, a huge decrease from the 4,300 recorded in 2005. We believe we are getting closer to the goal to completely end bear farming in Vietnam if other agencies also have the same determination." Statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development show that as of…... [read more]

'On the ground, nothing has changed.' Thailand's tiger tourism business is booming and the captive tiger population is growing fast, experts say, more than two months after Thai wildlife authorities found scores of dead cubs while rescuing animals from the popular Tiger Temple. Animal rights activists called on tourists to shun Thai animal attractions, which they say are cruel and should be shut down, after the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, closed in June. Thai wildlife authorities vowed to inspect other tiger attractions, and confiscated 24 tigers from two venues, but the scrutiny has been short-lived. "On the ground, nothing has changed," said Jan Schmidt-Burbach, a Bangkok-based wildlife adviser for the World Animal Protection NGO. "The Tiger Temple case has brought attention to the topic but is unfortunately limited to the temple itself." A July report by World Animal Protection shows that the number of captive tigers in Thailand's tiger entertainment industry jumped 33 percent, from 623 tigers in 2010 to 830 tigers in 2015-2016. Eight new venues also opened during the period. Thailand offers an array of wildlife tourist attractions, from tiger "selfies" to elephant rides and orangutan boxing. Some venues practice "speed breeding" in order to produce tiger cubs for tourist photo-ops, said Schmidt-Burbach. The practice involves taking newborn cubs away from their mothers so that the females are ready to breed again sooner. Schmidt-Burbach also said the rapid growth in the tiger population was not being addressed by the Thai government. Thai Department of…... [read more]

From selfies with tigers to elephant rides and orangutan boxing, Thailand offers tourists an array of attractions that animal rights activists say are cruel and should be shut down. Wildlife officials discovered scores of dead tiger cubs while rescuing 137 tigers from a Buddhist temple last week, raising fears that other tourist attractions could be fronts for animal trafficking. The Tiger Temple was "just the tip of the iceberg", said Jan Schmidt-Burbach, a Bangkok-based adviser at World Animal Protection. "We see an increase in demand for wildlife entertainment, and there's limited transparency on what goes on behind the scene and how those venues are profiting from the animals." During their week-long raid on the Tiger Temple west of Bangkok, wildlife officials found frozen tiger carcasses, skins and dead cubs in jars, as well as other protected species. It is unclear why the Tiger Temple was storing dead tiger cubs and parts, although officials have said they might have been used for traditional Chinese medicine. The authorities have filed complaints against 22 people, including six monks, whom police will investigate for illegal possession of wildlife and wildlife trafficking. The temple denied the allegations at a press conference on Thursday. Thailand has long been a hub for illicit trafficking of wildlife and forest products, and endangered animal species are often sold in its markets. Thailand's animal tourism fuels the illicit trade, said Steve Galster, executive director of Freeland, a Bangkok-based group fighting human and wildlife trafficking. "We know that some zoos and…... [read more]

(CPV) - In response to World Rabies Day, the Ministry of Health of Viet Nam, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Animals Protection (WAP) join hands to stop Rabies in Viet Nam and to promote the message "Let’s End Rabies Together by vaccinating dogs" to policy makers, animal and public health professionals, dog owners and the general public. At an event in Quang Nam province, Viet Nam marks World Rabies Day by a large scale dog vaccination campaign to highlight the single best evidence-based strategy to eliminate rabies is vaccination of dogs. Eliminating the disease by vaccination protects dogs and stops transmission to people. It is estimated that Viet Nam has approximately 10 million dogs[i] and further efforts are needed to reach a vaccination coverage that is sufficient to eliminate rabies. Effective rabies vaccination campaigns for dogs require not only a strong veterinary network but also sustained political support from local authorities, dog owners as well as assistance from technical agencies and mass organizations. Viet Nam is one step closer to eliminating Rabies by 2020 as a result of ever increasing and combined efforts from the animal and human health sectors as well as the local authorities. Although the country has documented a decrease to 46 human death cases due to Rabies in 2015, compared to 53 at this point one year ago[ii], it still has to deal with many challenges to…... [read more]

NDO – There are only about 1,250 bears in captivity in farms across the country as of early 2015, down 72% compared with 2005 data, heard a meeting in Hanoi on May 7 to commemorate Vietnam Bear Day, calling for an end to the bear farming in Vietnam. >>> Two black bears safe after island rescue Held by Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV), the event aims to review the ten years of progress towards ending bear farming in the country since the programme was initiated by ENV in 2005. Bear farming is a serious threat to the survival of bears in Vietnam. In 2005, more than 4,300 bears in captivity were discovered at farms across the country to serve the demand for bear bile as a traditional medicinal product. Most of the bears were hunted from the wild and sold to farms. Since 2005, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has made efforts to alleviate bear farming in Vietnam. Initially, 4,300 bears were registered with microchips for management. After ten years, the number of bears in captivity was significantly reduced, thanks to the active participation and efforts from the government, domestic and international social organisations, and the community, said ENV Director Nguyen Thi Quyen. She went on to quote statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, saying that there are only about 1,250 bears in captivity across the country, down 72% compared with 2005 data. Results from a survey conducted in late 2014 by ENV and World Animal…... [read more]

Providing rescue and support services to livestock can help save the lives of both animals and people, and help populations recover more quickly afterwards. When it comes to natural disaster rescue and support services, one usually thinks of human populations. However, according to World Animal Protection (WAP), rescuing livestock can be very important, especially to poor households where livestock is often the biggest asset. New focus on saving animals in disasters (Illustrative photo) WAP recently coordinated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Animal Husbandry to hold a six-day training course called Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) in Hanoi. The course was aimed at training 15 Vietnamese and three foreign lecturers to teach preparedness for the rescue of livestock in natural disasters. Ha Cam Tam, WAP’s programme director said that in several cases, people have refused to go with rescuers to safer places because they wanted to stay and protect their livestock. "Vietnam is an agricultural country where tens of millions of people make their living by farming, and for millions of Vietnamese, animal husbandry is their livelihood. So, rescuing livestock translates into saving both people and animals," Tam emphasised. Since 2009, WAP has coordinated with the Animal Husbandry Department to organise nine LEGS training courses for over 200 trainers in 63 cities and provinces nationwide. Efforts have also been made to protect bears and prevent rabies. "In the past, Vietnam did not pay enough attention to the rescue of animals in natural disasters. This is…... [read more]

An outdoor exhibition featuring 50 photos of old Hanoi will be held on pedestrian streets near Hoan Kiem Lake from August 11 to 13. Luong Ngoc Quyen Street in 1996 by Nguyen Huu Bao The exhibition is organised by Sports and Culture Newspaper, Asia Friendship Company and Vietnamtourism-Hanoi JSC on the occasion of 10th anniversary of Bui Xuan Phai - For the Love of Hanoi Awards.  Eight winners of the grand prize, more than 50 nominations and 30 inspiring high-quality works of art depicting Hanoi and a love for Hanoi have been honoured at the awards. 50 photos are captured or collected by five photographers who have won Bui Xuan Phai Awards in the past decade including Le Vuong, Quang Phung, Nguyen Huu Bao, Dinh Trong Hieu and Dutch photographer Loes Herrink. Loes Herrink is the author of the photographs Hanoi bicycle vendors from above and ethnographer Dinh Trong Hieu was awarded for his collection of colour photos of Hanoi during 1914-1917.  Photographer Le Vuong was awarded the grand prize in 2016, Nguyen Huu Bao was awarded a work prize in 2017 and Quang Phung won the grand prize in 2013.    The photographers show an enthusiasm to participate in the exhibition and said it inspired them and make them want to do more for Hanoi.  Dinh Trong Hieu also sent two photos of serene Hanoi he took by Hoan Kiem Lake in 1979. Loes Herrink sent dozens of photos. She said she was mesmerised by the street vendors and…... [read more]

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