Argentinean Hunter Is Trampled By Elephant Even As He Was Aiming To Shoot the Animal

9Poachers are hunting elephants for their skin

Myanmar’s forests are home to almost 1400 to 2000 wild Asian elephants but that is a fraction of its historic levels as elephants are rampantly poached to meet the demand of China’s insatiable thirst for elephant ivory. Myanmar is the perfect haven for poachers to traffic their products. Says Chris Shepherd, executive director of Monitor, a nonprofit organization that works to reduce illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade, “Myanmar’s role as a hotbed of illegal wildlife smuggling isn’t surprising. “It’s home to a lot of unique wildlife that are in high international demand, enforcement and legislation are still quite weak, and it’s next door to China, which has the greatest demand for many species,”

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10A den of vice and illegal wildlife trade, Myanmar’s mini China

Myanmar’s borders are converting into Chinese enclave where it is easy for traffickers to peddle their goods. Mong La in Myanmar is an entry point into Southern Yunnan where street signs are in Mandarin. According to Shepherd, it is a town full of exotic meat restaurants, illegal drugs, illegal wildlife traders, brothels, and casino with an entirely Chinese clientele. Its zoo had a gift shop stocked with ivory, leopard skins and bear bile.

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11Stripped to the Bone

In Myanmar, poachers kill without mercy without differentiating between young or old. Shepherd says that investigations would reveal several carcasses of elephants lying strewn around the forests with the animals stripped to the bone; their trunks hacked to pieces and remains so mutilated it was hard to determine the gender.

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12What they do with dried elephant skin

Dried elephant skin is ground into powder and mixed with oil or elephant fat to create medicinal pastes said to treat eczema or fungal infections. Poachers have also devised a new way to use dried elephant skin as pieces of jewelry with the skin polished and formed into beads that increase in value depending on the visibility of the blood vessels.

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13Leave animals alone

Because of the problems and habitat loss, elephant human conflict is an increasing problem in Asia and Africa. The animals destroy crops, property and kill people but whose fault is that when they find members of their herds brutally killed and their habitat encroached upon. Man should learn to leave wildlife alone and in peace.

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