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Burma Invited to UK Anti-Wildlife Trafficking Conference

24 December 2013

Burma has been invited to attend an international conference hosted by UK Prime Minister Cameron in February to tackle illegal wildlife trade. “The Burmese Government has been invited to attend, and the UK hopes that H.E. President Thein Sein’s government will be represented in London,” the Foreign Office said. The UK has committed about US$16 million to fighting the illegal trade, which has grown rapidly in recent years due to strong Chinese and Vietnamese demand for rhino horn and elephant ivory. In Burma, the trade is also thriving and The Irrawaddy recently uncovered a spate of elephant killings in Pegu mountain range.