Wildlife Fund Myanmar (WWF-Myanmar), in cooperation with the Board of Trustees
of the Shwedagon Pagoda, is taking measures to ensure no trade of ivory or
other items made of elephant parts or other
wildlife takes place in the area of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a well-known landmark
Board of Trustees of the Pagoda follows the laws enacted by the State and is
exercising some close supervision over the shops at stairways of the pagoda in
accordance with the laws. Owners of the shops need to follow the laws too,”
said U Thaung Htaik, member of the Board of Trustees.
also has a plan to conduct an educating course for shop owners and staff at the
pagoda on fighting against the illegal trade of wildlife parts including ivory.
Myanmar, elephant parts are still being traded in some areas despite the
existing laws protecting wildlife and
WWF-Myanmar official said that what they were doing was the first phase for
Yangon to become the first wildlife-trade-free city of in South East Asia.
wild animals, wild elephants are the most commonly targeted victims of hunting
and poaching and one elephant dies for these reasons every week. It is learnt
that the elephant’s ivory, skin, tooth and tail are traded in Yangon and
Mandalay as well as at some shops in the area of the Golden Rock.
to WWF, elephant parts are widely traded in the wildlife markets of the Golden
Triangle where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet.