US channel to halt TV show on wild meat in Vietnam

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The US Travel Channel has agreed to stop broadcasting an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations promoting illegal wildlife meat consumption in Vietnam, an official said Monday.


In a reply to a written proposal from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in US, the channel said it would edit the clip featuring some eateries around the Dan Kia Lake in the central highlands province of Lam Dong serving wildlife meat to tourists, Tran Thanh Binh, chief of Lam Dong Forest Rangers Agency said.


Part of the episode featured an eatery is serving wildlife meat and two people in the film crew eating the meat of the Javan mouse deer (Tagulus javanicus), which is protected from poaching or sale for commercial purposes under Vietnamese law.


The show is a popular culinary documentary series in the US.


The illegal consumption of protected animals provoked strong protests from WCS in Vietnam and Lam Dong authorities, who said it would encourage both locals and foreign tourists to consume the meat of endangered wildlife species as a delicacy in Da Lat.


The episode, which could be found on the channel's website and Youtube, also prompted forest rangers to raid the filmed eatery, where they found other wild meat as well.

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