Happy World Rhino Day!
On his first-ever visit to Vietnam, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson recently met with some of the nation’s top business leaders as part of our Stop Using Rhino Horn campaign, which seeks to counter myths of rhino horn’s medicinal benefits as well as to educate the Vietnamese public about the poaching crisis in Africa.
In Ho Chi Minh City, Mr. Branson hosted an intimate dinner organized by several non-governmental organizations including WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society and CHANGE, and in collaboration with Virgin Unite, Nhip Cau Dau Tu magazine and The Reverie Saigon. During the event, business leaders signed a pledge in which they committed to never buy, use or gift rhino horn.
The signed pledge reads as follows:
We hereby pledge:
1. To lead by example in developing sustainable and socially responsible business practices.
2. Not to purchase, possess or give as gifts any illegal wildlife products, such as rhino horn.
3. To encourage friends, family and employees never to purchase any illegal wildlife products.
4. To support efforts to conserve Vietnam's rich natural heritage and protect wildlife.
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