Myan­mar home to 331 en­dan­gered species

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

Myan­mar is home to 331 en­dan­gered species, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port from the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture (IUCN), in­clud­ing birds, orang­utans, ele­phants, deer, fresh­wa­ter tur­tles, pan­golins and tigers, the asianews web­site re­ported.

In an at­tempt to pre­serve en­dan­gered species, Myan­mar’s Par­lia­ment passed the Pro­tec­tion of Bio­di­ver­sity and Con­ser­va­tion Ar­eas Law in May, which pre­scribes harsh penal­ties for hunt­ing and il­le­gal wildlife trad­ing as de­fined by the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Vi­o­la­tors can face up to ten years in jail.

In Oc­to­ber, the Yan­gon Re­gion gov­ern­ment also im­posed a ban on sell­ing items made with wildlife parts at sou­venir shops or sell­ing wildlife cur­ries at restau­rants. How­ever, due to strong fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives, the il­le­gal wildlife trade re­mains ram­pant, the news re­port said

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