Leonardo DiCaprio took to Instagram to applaud Vietnam’s move to ban all imports of wild animals, dead or alive, to reduce further pandemic risk.
Hollywood celebrity and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has once again pushed for the need to ban illegal wildlife trade saying animals are ‘worth more alive’.
In April, the Oscar winner joined the End The Trade movement, a campaign launched by Global Wildlife Conservation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and WildAid “to put an end to all commercial collection and sale in markets of wild terrestrial animals.
On Saturday, he reposted WildAid’s Instagram post announcing Vietnam’s move in banning all wildlife imports and a crackdown on illegal hunting, killing or advertising of wild animals to reduce further pandemic risk.
The post mentioned: “Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc today issued a new directive with urgent and powerful measures to restrict #wildlife trade and consumption, and reduce further pandemic risk.
“With immediate effect, the directive (29/CT-TTg) bans imports of live wild #animals and wildlife products, strictly eliminates any wildlife markets, and prohibits any hunting, transporting, slaughtering, selling, buying, storing, consuming, or advertising of wildlife, including online sales.
“Vietnam’s government shows strong leadership with this comprehensive action…These actions will help save many species while also protecting global health.”
The post concluded stating: “This is huge for both the protection of wildlife and ourselves. We must end the trade,” after detailing steps on how the participating organisations will promote the Prime Minister’s instructions, raise awareness, and ultimately change wildlife consumption behavior.
DiCaprio regularly uses his platform to raise his voice in protecting animals and the environment.
In May, the actor helped raise $2 million in funds to protect the Virunga National Park and its endangered mountain gorillas after the Unesco World Heritage site came under a “series of unprecedented threats”, which included the ongoing pandemic and a recent attack on its rangers.
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