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Reducing urban demand for wild animals in Vietnam: examining the potential of wildlife farming as a conservation tool


Rebecca Drury, Fauna & Flora International, 4th Floor Jupiter House, Cambridge, CB1 2JD, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1223 579339; fax: +44 (0)1223 461481. E-mail: rebecca.drury@fauna-flora.org


Vietnam is an established thoroughfare for illegal trade in wildlife and growing urban prosperity is believed to be increasing domestic demand for wild animal products and for wild meat in particular. While the debate about the potential for wildlife farming to reduce incentives to hunt and trade continues, the findings of this study (based on data collected through semistructured interviews with the central Hanoi population) demonstrate that farming is not an effective tool in reducing demand for illegal wildlife products and may in fact stimulate greater demand for wild-caught products. In this context, conservation policy should seek to prevent listed species being farmed for consumption as wild meat; to reduce consumer demand for wild meat through marketing campaigns developed by social marketing experts and based on an in-depth understanding of the drivers of consumer demand garnered using appropriate social science research methods; and to continue strengthening regulation and enforcement actions preventing illegal trade in wild species.