December 15, 2016

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Elephants from Kachin State smuggled to borders

Two elephants bought from Tanai Township have been secretly kept in the forest east of Mohnyin. Photo: GNLM-001
Two elephants bought from Tanai Township have been secretly kept in the forest east of Mohnyin. Photo: GNLM-001

ELEPHANTS from Kachin State are being smuggled to border areas via Bago Region, said a resident of Mohnyin Township.
“A smuggler team bought one adult and one baby elephants worth K50 million (US$39,339) from Tanai Township. The team bought one more elephant in Mohnyin Township. They carried the elephants by truck labelled ‘Road Transport, Toungoo’ through Mohnyin on 30 October,” he said.
“Owners must register elephants over the age of five. If not, the elephant can be confiscated. The transportation of elephants requires a recommendation from the director of Forest Department. Transportation of elephants to border area requires the permission of the region or state government. Some owners wishing to sell their elephants should abide by the existing law,” an official in the Forest Department said.
An officer who had served in Kyaukkyi Township, Bago Region, said some smugglers transport elephants along the jungle routes to avoid inspection by mobile teams.

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