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Elephant Tusks Openly Sold on Burma-China Border: Group

15 January 2014

Wildlife monitors have accused Burma of failing to protect elephants after finding 30 tusks and thousands of pieces of ivory for sale at a market near China. Vincent Nijman of Oxford Brookes University, which took part in a joint investigation with the wildlife monitoring network TRAFFIC, said the market at Mong La may be one of the biggest unregulated ivory markets in Asia. He said ivory was openly displayed. Mong La, in eastern Shan State, is far from government control and attracts many Chinese tourists because of its casinos and nightlife. Burma has laws forbidding trade in endangered species, but violations are rampant.—AP

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