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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 8, 2nd December 2011
5. Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. Developing the wildlife farm
SOURCE: baolaocai.vn – DATE: 2nd December 2011
Nowadays wild animal farming is very popular in Lao Cai province, northern Vietnam, and local residents are encouraged to raise wildlife legally. Many residents have been farming wildlife animals on a large scale concentrating on particular species such as porcupines, soft shell turtles and monitor lizards which some people believe can provide a stable income. For instance, Mr. Duoc, who owns the biggest farm in Lao Cai said he had many challenges and losses when he first started raising wildlife.
But in the time he claims to have improved and at present his family has over 500 cobras, 100 turtles, 20 pairs of monitors and 5 pairs of porcupines with which he earns over 150 million VND each year (approx. $10.000 ). If these animals breed, the profit will double in the future . According the Lao Cai Fprest Protection Department (FPD) there are currently 213 families in the province keeping over 3,000 wild animals and 18 farms that have obtained a wildlife breeder's license.
The FPD has even suggested to the local People's Committee that support should be provided to farmers in building facilities for raising wildlife, with a ‘Wildlife Farming' - project with funding from the Agricultural and Rural Development Program now running from 2007 – 2012. Unfortunately poor monitoring and regulations in many wildlife farms means they are often utilized to launder wild caught animals, an issue that needs urgently addressing if wildlife farms are being seriously considered on a large scale as is been seen in Vietnam.