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A slaughtered wild elephant in August in Ayeyawady.

One elephant killed every week: conservationists

Myanmar (Eleven) -- Roughly one wild elephant was killed every week this year, according to conservationists.
“Voices for Momos” campaign organisers told a media conference on November 1 that between January and August at least 30 wild elephants were slaughtered for their ivory and skin. The country was left with only 1,400 to 2,000 wild elephants, added the campaigners.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation’s figures suggest that 18 wild elephants were killed in 2016.
Elephants’ body parts are a billion dollar market internationally, with poachers smuggling ivory and hide to the border areas of Thailand, Laos and China. Six environmental conservation groups have launched the campaign Voices for Momos to serve as a mouthpiece for the ministry’s elephant conservation programmeme.
The campaign’s name takes after that of an over-60 female elephant in the Yangon Zoo. She is so popular among children for her gentleness that she has become synonymous with the word elephant locally.


(Latest Update
November 3,
2017)


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