The Vietnamese government has given the go-ahead to a VND278 billion (US$13.3 million) plan to protect elephants from extinction and breed domesticated ones.
Photo courtesy of VietNamNet.
Under the plan, three conservation areas for wild elephants will be set up in the national parks of Pu Mat, Cat Tien, and Yok Don. Laws against hunting, transporting and selling elephant meat or tusks will be tightened. The plan also aims to control the trading and import or export of tusks and other products from elephants, and strictly punish those involved in killing the animals.