Regrann from @linatortorella - IF U CAN DO ANYTHING TO STOP ATROCITIES SUCH AS THIS EVEN, IF IT'S ONLY TO BRING ATTENTION TO IT-PLS, DO IT!
Courtesy of @nakaweproject
Do you remember the disturbing video of the Vietnamese fisherman torturing and killing a critically endangered Hawksbill Tea turtle we posted on 25 August? We took immediate action to hold this man and the fishing vessel accountable for these cruel actions and wanted to give you an update on how it is going so far.
On 26 August, we submitted four separate official complaints to the ENV, Vietnam’s Education for Nature Center, which deals with wildlife crimes through following-up incidents alongside Vietnam’s central government. Why four? One for each species tortured and killed - as we found more videos of the same fisherman torturing and killing a Manta Ray, a Bottlenose Dolphin and, an Olive Ridley Sea Turtle on the same fishing vessel between April and August 2018. We have the videos and photos in our possession and were able to get the man’s name, the fishing vessel’s name, and the approximate location where this occurred.
Unfortunately, we’re still waiting to hear back about the ENV. While it’s incredibly frustrating to wait for an answer, we continue to fight to solve this issue. We have prepared a letter explaining and documenting the situation to a collaborator of ours in Vietnam with governmental contacts.
We strongly believe that actions need to be taken against this man and the fishing vessel on which these atrocious actions occurred. - but, sometimes, these things take time. Our goal is to show the Vietnamese government that acts like this need to stop, and that they should consider stopping issuing licenses to fishermen on vessels whose owners accept that animals are not fished out of necessity for food and survival, but for cruelty and abuse. We also are asking you to always speak up when you see wildlife abuse. Contact authorities and ask for actions to be taken! Don't take no for an answer. Your actions matter!!
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