On average, at the highest levels in 2015, three African rhinos were poached each day1 to satisfy consumer demand for their horn, many of whom are heading to East and Southeast Asia. Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), all international trade in rhino horn has been illegal since 1977; however, countries like Vietnam have not explicitly banned drugs containing rhino horn.
An online workshop, organized by the VCCI, the Vietnamese Association of Natural Products Sciences (VNPS), the Vietnamese Association of Functional Foods (VAFF) and TRAFFIC to the pharmaceutical and food industry highlighted the plight of rhinos and other vulnerable animal and plant species. used in traditional medicines and supplements.
Pharmaceuticals and functional food companies urgently need to integrate wildlife protection policies as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) plans to ensure that the wildlife products they use do not harm to the survival of species or to the conservation of nature. “
Trinh Nguyen, TRAFFIC director of the Vietnam office
She continued, “The food and pharmaceutical sectors can have a significant impact on consumer decisions, which in turn could support global conservation efforts. These sectors can encourage traditional medicine practitioners to prescribe sustainable and traceable alternatives rather than products containing illegal and unsustainable wild ingredients, such as rhino. Horn.”
We want to encourage companies to be aware of the impact they have on all aspects of society, including economic, social and environmental, especially when consumers are now willing to pay more for sustainable products.
Le Thi Thu Thuy, Deputy Director of the Foundation for the Development of Enterprises, VCCI.
By organizing this workshop with VCCI, VNPS, VAFF, we hope that the 100 delegates from ministries, private companies and the media, can become essential engines in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade within the world. industry and encourage environmental and economic sustainability within the sector.
Working closely with the VCCI, TRAFFIC experts will continue to provide advice on how to combat illegal trade in CITES-listed animal and plant species, advise on how to effectively monitor incoming trade. countries and recommend how to change consumer behavior. By incorporating suggested communications into their CSR plans and ensuring that wildlife products in traditional medicines are not harmful species or habitats, the pharmaceutical and food sector could play a pivotal role in Vietnam’s fight. against wildlife crime and support species conservation around the world.
With the help of TRAFFIC experts, VCCI and VAFF aim to create a forum for the pharmaceutical and functional food sectors to exchange solutions for sustainable development.