August 19, 2016

Illegal wildlife trade to be controlled

Smuggling of illegal wildlife to foreign countries will be closely monitored and strictly controlled to prevent wild animals from extinction, said an official from the Ministry of Resource and Environmental Conservation.
The forestry department is gathering data about smuggling of wild animals and their parts in border areas with the assistance of international non-governmental organizations; Wildlife Conservation Society and World Wide Fund. Check-ups are being conducted in border channels. Ivory, snakes, tortoises and pangolins are among the most common things being smuggled.
Illegal trafficking of wild animals and parts is ranked fourth after the illegal arms trade, the drugs trade and human trafficking. The respective organizations are cooperating with Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring international network to be able to control trafficking of rare species.
Those who are in possession of, trafficking, transporting and exporting the wildlife will be either fined Ks50,000 or given seven-year imprisonment.
There have been 12 cases of illegal wildlife trades in Chin and Rakhine states, nine in Ayeyawady Region, seven in Kachin Stare, five in Taininthayi, eight in Yangon Region and 14 each in Nay Pyi Taw and Kayin, Mon and Kayah states from 2010 to July, this year.—GNLM


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