Most would give up wildlife products

Viet Nam Net
9 September 2014

Most Hanoians were willing to use alternatives to wildlife products if they were available and proven to be effective, according to a survey released yesterday (Sept 8) by the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Sociology at a conference in the capital.

Of 1,000 randomly selected respondents ranging in age from 20 to 69, 760 said they would choose alternative products.

While most people thought of wildlife products as expensive, they still wanted to use them because they had “a strong and profound belief in their effectiveness”, said president of the institute Dang Nguyen Anh. About 69 per cent of respondents had eaten wildlife meat, 70 per cent had used wildlife products to cure illness and 64 per cent used wildlife products they received as gifts.

However, the survey highlighted that wildlife consumption was largely spontaneous. Many were given wildlife products as gifts or invited to consume wildlife products by family or friends.

Nguyen The Dong, deputy director of the Viet Nam Environment Administration, said there should be more campaigns to raise awareness about the negative impact of unsustainable and illegal wildlife consumption and encourage the use of alternative products.

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