Po­lice ar­rest six sus­pected il­le­gal wildlife traders

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - TOE WAI AUNG toe­wa­iaung@mm­times.com

Forestry Depart­ment po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rest six peo­ple sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in the il­le­gal wildlife trade dur­ing raids in Bago, Aye­yarwady and Man­dalay re­gions.

FORESTRY Depart­ment po­lice of­fi­cers have ar­rested six men in Man­dalay, Aye­yarwady and Bago re­gions for al­legedly stor­ing and sell­ing wild an­i­mal body parts, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment on Tues­day.

The sus­pects were ar­rested dur­ing sep­a­rate law en­force­ment oper­a­tions on June 9, the state­ment said.

Among those re­cov­ered in the raids were ele­phant hides, horns of var­i­ous deer species, bi­son horns, tur­tle shells and meats, por­cu­pine quills, bear bones, claws and paws, and skulls of var­i­ous wild an­i­mals, among oth­ers.

“Due to the mar­ket de­mands of neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, there are many peo­ple stor­ing and trading these (wildlife parts),” said U Khin Maung Myint, Di­rec­tor of Forestry Depart­ment of Aye­yarwaddy Re­gion. “This mar­ket emerged as the horns and hides of the an­i­mal are hung on the walls for dec­o­ra­tive pur­poses, made into hand wear ac­ces­sories, and mixed with other medic­i­nal roots for medicine.”

All the sus­pects have been charged un­der the coun­try’s Pro­tec­tion of Wildlife and Pro­tected Ar­eas Law.

The of­fi­cials said ele­phant poach­ing cases are usu­ally com­mon in Aye­yarwady and Yan­gon Re­gions and the Forestry Depart­ment and Po­lice Force un­cov­ered the cases in May.

Ac­cord­ing to the Forestry Law, killing and trading of pro­tected wildlife is pun­ish­able by up to 7 years im­pris­on­ment.

Photo: Po­lice

Some of the body parts of wildlife species seized dur­ing the raids.

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