Vietnam objects to WWF report

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A government wildlife organization has protested a recent report of the World Wildlife Fund that ranks Vietnam among the world's worst in fighting illegal trade of animal parts.

In a letter sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' press and information department on Friday, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Management Authority of Vietnam said the WWF report contained evaluations and information that was incomplete and lacked objectivity.

It said the Wildlife Crime Scorecard, which rated 23 African and Asian nations known for high levels of poaching and trafficking in ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts, was based on just some non-governmental organizations' reports, several news reports, and information given by a few individuals.

The report made "untrustworthy" estimates and it was "a pity" that its authors did not consult with local law enforcement agencies, CITES Vietnam said.

In fact, in Vietnam, the government has always cared about nature preservation and protection of rare wildlife, it said.

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Fighting illegal trade in wildlife is considered a priority task of many agencies like forest rangers, customs, police, border guards and market management bureaus, it added.

The WWF report ranked Vietnam the lowest performer together with Laos and Mozambique for its failure to stop trade of rhino and tiger parts. The country was identified as the top destination worldwide for rhino horn, which has fueled a poaching crisis in South Africa.

The country has also failed to report on how it would comply with a ban on captive breeding of tigers for medicine, the report said.

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