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Vietnamese Prime Minister Takes a Bite out of Restaurant Menus

Wild pig
In Vietnam, as elsewhere around the world, wildlife has become endangered by human behavior. Alarmed at the trend, Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet last week ordered all restaurants in his country to stop serving wild animal dishes. This means no more roast sambar deer, bear meat, wild pig, porcupine, or bamboo rat anywhere in Vietnam -- at least, not legally. Also on the excluded list: spring rolls with snakemeat.

The new rule pleases environmental activists who, like Prime Minister Vo, have become alarmed by the decreasing populations of numerous species in Vietnam. An Australian nature lover, for example, has created a beautiful Web site full of photos and dedicated to helping protect the environment in Vietnam. It's well worth visiting: Wildlife Photos from Vietnam's Central Highlands.

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When you need a guide to environmental and wildlife resources on line, think of the McKinley Internet Yellow Pages and the McKinley Magellan Internet Guide.

Posted June, 1996.
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