For years environmentalists have battled official corruption, ignorance and a plain lack of interest in a brave attempt to stem wildlife trafficking and save what's left of Southeast Asia's endangered species.
Successes have been rare and too often defined by government promises to crack down, boost surveillance and enforce laws, promises that have been largely ignored.
There have, however, been exceptions. Among the most notable was a project in Vietnam to rescue bears from the barbaric practice of bile farming, where a catheter or a needle is inserted into their bile duct and the bile harvested to meet demand from the widely discredited Chinese medicinal market.
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