Elephants in Myanmar fall prey to China’s greed
The trade in elephant skin — for beads, bogus cures and skin products for China — was first detected just a few years ago. It has conservationists worried. “The new skin trade is so serious that if it’s left unchecked, Myanmar’s elephants could disappear by 2030,” Christy Williams, country director at World Wildlife Fund said. Hunting for ivory targets 10 per cent of male elephants with tusks, but this skin trade risks every elephant. The wider threat from poachers was brought home last year, when an elephant family was killed in Myanmar’s Ayerawaddy region.