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New Vietnam laws could spell tougher penalties for illegal wildlife trade

June 23, 2017

The Vietnamese National Assembly has raised some hopes in the conservation community by approving the long awaited 2015 Penal Code which will come into force on 1st January 2018.

It hasn’t been made public but previous drafts suggest the June 20 approval will mean  tougher laws for anyone killing or trafficking endangered wildlife.

Traffic’s Head of Vietnam Office Madelon Willemsen said it may improve enforcement efforts on illegal wildlife trafficking in Vietnam.

“This is potentially a very positive step for Viet Nam as it should provide the country’s law enforcement agencies with a stronger constitution to investigate and penalize wildlife criminals appropriately.

“The new Code should provide a platform for cracking down on the criminal networks using Viet Nam as a source, transit and supply country in their wildlife trafficking activities.”

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