In the video, Quang Dang, who created the worldwide viral “Washing hands” dance in 2020, is dressed as a pangolin and dances to a specially developed choreography to support CHANGE and WildAid’s “Pangolins are still endangered” public awareness campaign, with the message “the more we know, the less we harm pangolins.”
Sharing his motivation for creating the dance, Quang Dang said: “The pangolins I’ve seen were not in the wild but on TV, in the news or in a documentary and were injured, trapped in small cages or even stored frozen in a fridge… It’s too painful to watch. I want to express my concern for pangolins through my dance moves.”
“Pangolins cannot speak up for themselves, but we can speak out for them. I believe everything can change for the better if we all start to spread the message to protect pangolins. One small change can rescue a pangolin’s life. Dance with me and let’s spread the message through our dance moves,” Dang added.
The ‘Pangolins are still endangered’ campaign launched on May 6, with the “Not-So Breaking News” video PSA. In the video a pangolin news reporter character, speaks out to raise the alarm on the plight of his fellow pangolins and calls on viewers to help protect his kind.
“We hope the Vietnam general public will join in Quang Dang’s new dance and spread the word to save pangolins. As one of the world’s top consumers of wildlife products, Vietnam needs to take action to protect pangolins and other endangered wildlife,” said Mr. Tran Hien, MarCom Manager at WildAid Vietnam and CHANGE.
Poaching and trading of pangolins has continued globally throughout the pandemic, despite the potential role the wildlife trade may have played in the transference of COVID-19 from animals to humans. Throughout the pandemic wildlife officials in Vietnam have uncovered, seized and destroyed pangolins at restaurants or in transit in shipments. In many cases the courier was unaware that pangolins were protected and that trafficking them was a crime that carries punishments of up to 15 years in prison.
The ‘Pangolins Are Still Endangered’ campaign is made possible through the generous support of the Pangolin Crisis Fund, Royal Netherlands Embassy and media partners Chicilon Media, Movad, Dinosaur Vietnam and TikTok.