Vietnam is looking to the Internet for effective solutions to prevent wild animal trafficking as over 33 websites in the country are found to host the illegal trade of 108 wild animal species.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has recently conducted a survey in the field, the first of its kind in Vietnam , seen as a way to help CITES Vietnam and concerned agencies outline effective ways to curb the situation in the country.

WCS Country Director of Vietnam Scott Roberton said that reptiles such as snakes, iguanas and crocodiles have been found to be available for sale on the following websites,, and He also mentioned that monkeys, elephants, squirrels and even tigers were being sold on these websites.

The survey stated that 24 percent of wild animals are protected by Vietnam law, while a different 24 percent are banned from trading by CITES and 17.6 percent are listed under the global ‘endangered species’ list.

It also discovered that about 84 percent of wildlife species were trafficked to be sold as pets, 9 percent for food and 1 percent for traditional medicine processing.

At a conference held in Hanoi on April 17, Deputy Director of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Vietnam ’s Management Authority Do Quang Tung, said as a global organisation, CITES actually started to prevent wildlife trafficking via the Internet since 2004.

Hoang Xuan Trinh, Head of the Forest Management Department’s Inspectorate Legal Department said that poor management was blamed for the shortcomings in dealing with wild animal trafficking via the Internet in Vietnam .

Le Duc Anh, from the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s E-commerce Department, said that it was hard to verify the finer details of advertisements for trafficked wild animals.

He explained that looking only at the images posted on websites and verifying whether they are wild or domesticated animals is very difficult, and if they are domesticated animals instead of wild animals, we cannot fine.

Anh further suggested that the authorised agencies should raise the amount of the fines in a bid to bring the situation under control.-VNA