Monday, June 5, 2017

"Myanmar's wild elephants are being poached in record numbers with at least 20 killed this year due to surging demand for their hide"

Yahoo:

Elephant skin has become one of the latest animal products to be touted by some as having medical properties, although there is no scientific support for those claims.

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Much of the trade runs through the country's lawless eastern periphery, controlled by a sophisticated criminal network who are thought to be armed and funded by powerful "kingpins" in China.