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WWF-Myanmar takes measures of ensuring no trade of ivory or other elephant items in the Shwedagon area

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World 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 of Myanmar.

“The 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.

WWF-Myanmar 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.

 In Myanmar, elephant parts are still being traded in some areas despite the existing laws  protecting wildlife and habitats.

A 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.

Among Myanmar’s 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.

According to WWF, elephant parts are widely traded in the wildlife markets of the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. By Theingi Htun

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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."


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