Vietnam is set to bring in strong measures to eliminate the illegal trade in wildlife in the wake of the Corona virus. So much of the miserable suffering of animals and their exploitation stems from Asian countries so if some of them start to change their policies and create harsh measures to stop this unacceptable trade then it has to be a good thing. Is it all talk or will they actually follow through ? China has also declared similar bans and if they also follow through it surely will be a gigantic step to ending the crisis that wildlife faces especially Pangolins Elephants Rhino and the bones of big cats.
The mighty jaguar is facing a poaching crisis as so many other big cats have. Growing numbers of these magnificent animals of Latin America are being poached and their body parts sold in a country that shows at least 50% of the population lives below the poverty line. With poverty comes the need to survive any way they can and wildlife becomes the target of ready cash. It doesn't help that the country has a president that cares little for the wildlife. The jaguar is a symbol national identity and yet is vulnerable to exploitation in an ever increasing human population where people just don't have the luxury of caring about the wild and the creatures in it. In a place where one poached jaguar is worth the same as 20Kg of gold it's not hard to understand the motivation to hunt and kill them which is a desperately sad situation.