Myanmar confirms illegal live elephant trade amid NGO warnings

Breaking News July 07, 2014 00:00

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.

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