Mandalay comes second in animal trafficking cases

Writer: 
Lae Lae Aung
A forum on controlling animal trafficking.

 

Mandalay is the second largest site for animal trafficking, according to the Forestry Department.

Between 2010 and 2016, the police filed 210 cases nationwide and 29 of them were in Mandalay. The largest number of cases were in Shan State, according to the department.

Myint Thein, director at the department, said: “The traffickers mostly use the Mandalay-Muse road and the Mandalay-Sagaing-Monywa road to reach Tamu. So Mandalay a hub for them.”

A two-day forum on controlling animal trafficking was held jointly by the department and the Wildlife Conservation Society in the region on September 18.

The director said: “The animal trade is the largest illegal trade in the world behind drugs, arms and human trafficking. The Mandalay-Muse road is one of the most active trade routes in the country.”

The forum centred on fighting the illegal trade of animals and their organs on the Mandalay-Lashio-Muse road.

A strategy to control animal trafficking began last year, and the authorities had posted educational posters about animal trafficking, monitored border trade and took action as a part of the programme, according to the department.

The animal trafficking is a crime punishable by a maximum sentence of seven years.

 

Translated by Nay Thiha