Target: Nguyễn Phú Trọng, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam
Goal: Act to end the illegal trade in endangered species by shutting down the trade in Nhi Khe.
Investigators with the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) have alleged that tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars in illegal wildlife is being trafficked through the Vietnamese village of Nhi Khe. Over the investigation, the WJC linked $53.1 million in illegal wildlife products to 51 traders based in the village of Nhi Khe. Over an 18-month investigation, these traders allegedly sold products made from an estimated 225 tigers, 579 rhinos, and 907 elephants. Deals were reportedly completed in person and through social media platforms such as Facebook and WeChat. If the tiger products allegedly sold in Nhi Khe over the investigations were exclusively wild tigers, this represents about six percent of the wild population.
Vietnam is a hub for wildlife trafficking and the final stop for ivory before it enters Chinese markets. The WJC handed the results of its investigations to the Vietnamese government, however, the response has not been sufficient. Sign our petition and demand that the Vietnamese government act immediately and effectively to end wildlife trafficking in Nhi Khe.
Dear General Secretary Trong,
I was shocked to read the WJC report outlining wildlife trafficking through the village of Nhi Khe. As you know, over the 18-month investigation, 51 wildlife traffickers allegedly sold almost $53.1 million in illegal products made from an estimated 225 tigers, 907 elephants, and 579 rhinoceroses. If the tigers were wild, this represents six percent of the global population
All of these animals are endangered, all face extinction if this illegal trade does not stop. Furthermore, many of the products made from these creatures are luxuries meant for nothing more than to show status. To allow species to go extinct merely to feed decadence is contrary to any moral code. I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure an end to wildlife trafficking in Nhi Khe.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: J. Patrick Fischer