Issues: Timber trade and illegal logging
Domesticated elephants used to destroy their forest
Besides losing their habitat to logging, domesticated elephants are also used to carry out illegal logging activities. These animals are often severely misused and in many cases, overworked. Cases of elephants being "worked to death" have been recorded in Cambodia.
Harsh reality of law enforcement
Recent attempts to clamp down on illegal logging activities and corruption in Vietnam have resulted in forest officers being killed and injured in the line of duty. Some progress has been made with officials involved in illegal logging being removed from their posts and in some cases, jailed.
However, 22,000 cases of illegal logging activities were detected in the country in the first six months of 2000 and so was a corresponding increase in logging enforcement related violence in this period.