Elephants in Myan­mar fall prey to China’s greed

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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