Parliament – Vietnamese deputy prime minister Hoàng Trung Hái on Tuesday pledged to continue stepping up efforts to crack down on the illicit trade in rhino horn as he met with South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town.
The two men discussed, among others, bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries, as well as the illicit trade in rhino horn which has led to record numbers of rhino being poached in South Africa over the past few years.
Vietnam is one of the destination countries for the poached products – where its believed among many Vietnamese to have medicinal properties – a claim that’s been disproven by scientists.
Among the measures being implemented, according to Hái , is a nationwide awareness campaign to bust the myth.
“In terms of raising awareness of the poeople on the use of wildlife products, especially the rhino horns, this has been a deep-rooted mindset of the Vietnamese people and it’s about their understanding that the use of those products will help increase their vitality or cure some disease – some wrong impressions – and we also try to make them understand that those are just the myths…,” Hái told journalists at media briefing at Tuynhuys following his discussions with Ramaphosa.