A recent study found that one-fifth of vertebrates on land are affected by the wildlife trade. The wildlife trade is driving extinction for many species. Earth is currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction — so many species are at risk of being gone forever. And yet, the illegal wildlife trade still thrives, with poachers relentlessly killing animals and consumers paying ludicrous amounts of money for products that are derived from animals. Elephants are killed for their ivory tusks, rhinos for their horns, pangolins for their meat and hard scales, hawksbill sea turtles for their shells, and sadly many more animals for their body parts that only they really need.
Vietnam is one of the worst countries when it comes to wildlife. It’s a hub for wildlife trade and a passage to China. But also there is a huge demand from Vietnamese people as well.
To prevent kids to do the same as some of their stupid parents, an estimated 4 million school children a year in Viet Nam aged 6 to 11 years old will be taught lessons for the first time ever in threatened wildlife such as rhinos, elephants, pangolins, tiger, hornbills and primates in an effort to tackle illegal wildlife trade.
The national curriculum initiative is a collaboration between Humane Society International, the Viet Nam Management Authority for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, and the Department of Political Affairs and Students.
What a great initiative!