Vietnam capital seeks to curb wildlife consumption during Tet

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Hanoi authorities have asked local public servants not to sell or buy wildlife-related products during Tet, Vietnam's Lunar New Year, VnExpress reported on February 5.

Local agencies were also ordered to cooperate to investigate violations of regulations on the protection of rare wildlife during the holiday, it said.

According to the online newspaper, Hanoi authorities made the move in response to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's previous order asking officials to abstain from consuming products that come from endangered wildlife species, especially during Tet.

Vietnam's Lunar New Year, which falls from February 10-19 this year, is considered as a prime time for the sales of products such tiger "paste" made from the animal's bones, rhino horns, wildlife meat, and wine with infused wildlife species, which are often bought as gifts or featured at parties.

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