Vietnam fails to stop slaughter of bears
- Published: 7 Oct 2013 at 15.14
- Online news:
Vietnam authorities have been powerless to stop bear farmers from slaughtering the animals illegally to sell for meat amid plunging prices for their bile, officials acknowledged on Monday.
Since 2005, when selling bile was made illegal, farmers have to care for the remaining captive bears until they die naturally, or hand them over to the forestry department for release, without compensation.
But officials say they are not able to enforce the law and prevent the illicit slaughter.
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