Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has ordered the drafting of a plan by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals in Vietnam to be submitted to the government by April 1st, 2020.

The prime minister’s decision comes after receiving a letter from Pan Nature including quotes from fourteen non-profit organizations insisting that Vietnam “identify and close markets and other locations where illegal wildlife is on sale” to limit the spread COVID-19 and to stop future outbreaks.

“We expect that with this response of the Prime Minister, enforcement agencies will demonstrate their commitment to eradicate illegal wildlife trade and consumption in our country completely.” -Trinh Le Nguyen, director of Pan Nature

This comes just on the heel’s of China’s announcement to ban the wild animal trade.  

Coronavirus Pandemic Propels Vietnam to Ban Wildlife Trade