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Initiative instills zero-tolerance towards rhino horn consumption

TRAFFIC and Intelligentmedia (Vietnamese behaviour-change communication company) on July 6 launched the second phase of their “Chi” or “Strength of Will” initiative, with updated messages and images to continue with the mission to instill a zero-tolerance towards rhino horn consumption.

 TRAFFIC and Intelligentmedia, on July 06, 2016 launched the second phase of their“Chi or Strength of Will” initiativewith updated messages and images to continue with the mission to instill a zero-tolerance towards rhino horn consumption.

The initiative is based on the Vietnamese concept of “Chi,” or “Strength of Will,” to target the group identified as the primary users of rhino horn: wealthy urban men between the ages of 35 and 55.  

The overarching message of “Chi” drives the concept that success, masculinity and good fortune come from an individual’s strength of character and not externally from a piece of horn.It encourages wealthy businessmen to demonstrate their Chi by becoming leaders in corporate social responsibility and in wildlife protection.

Strength of Will” initiative

The new phase of “Chi” builds on this foundation, but drives an even more powerful concept, namely: “Vượng từ Chí, Lụi vì sừng,” which roughly translates to “Gain prosperity through inner strength – Invite hardship using rhino horn”. Mrs.Duyen Bui, a local senior advicer on behavior change communication of Intelligentmedia said “If the 1st phase of the campaign aims at elucidating the concept Chi in Vietnamese culture, the philosophy “Gain prosperity through inner strength” will be the core message leading the 2ndphase”

It also calls on individual businessmen to act as leaders in their community and take a stand against the consumption of rhino horn in their personal lives and business networks.

Demand for rhino horn in Asia is driving the poaching of rhinos in Africa and Asia, with over a 1,000 animals illegally killed each year for their horns, putting the future survival of rhinos in jeopardy. Rhino horn is mainly used by wealthy individuals as a supposed health tonic and as a means to flaunt their wealth: the buying and selling of rhino horn is illegal under international and national legislation in Viet Nam.

In the latest phase, Mr Tran Bao Son joins Mr Khai Silk and other successful business leaders inproclaiming that men should harness their inner strength and character and refute the notion that these traits come from external factors, such as rhino horn.

Mr. D. Dung, a businessman in the manufacturing sector believes the new messaging will strike a chord: “I think this is a compelling message. It really touches upon issues that men face in their search for success in Viet Nam today.”

The Central Committee of Propaganda and Education (CCPE), prominent civil society organizations, like the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Viet Nam E-commerce Association (VECOM) and the State-owned Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) have been key partners and taken a leadership role in integrating the Chi initiative into business and society.   

“The Chi message has already reached over 5 million Vietnamese people and has actively engaged 2 million businessmen attending conferences, workshops and other events in Viet Nam,” says Mrs MadelonWillemsen, Head of TRAFFIC’s Viet Nam Office. 

“The private and public sectors are showing leadership in the fight against wildlife crime with ‘Chi’ as the driving force that will instill a zero-tolerance towards illegal consumption of wildlife.”

The first phase of Chi was launched on World Rhino Day, September 22nd,in 2014 by TRAFFIC and Save the Rhino International and funded by the UK government.

Intelligentmedia is a leading behaviour change communication company in Viet Nam, specialising in social marketing and consumer research in Vietnam, working closely with the private, public and CSO sectors.

 TRAFFIC is a non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance between WWF and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


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