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Myanmar confirms illegal live elephant trade amid NGO warnings

The Myanmar government said Monday it was certain that elephants had been sold illegally in Thailand for the tourist trade, following warnings from a wildlife NGO that the trade could resurface unless there were changes to the law.

"It is sure that our wild live elephants have been captured by well-organised smugglers and sold to Thailand through the border," Myanmar’s deputy environment minister Aye Myint Maung said in response to a report released earlier by the NGO Traffic.

"But no arrests have been made," he added.

DPA


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