Target: President of Burma/Myanmar Thein Sein
Goal: End illegal wildlife trafficking Mong La, a main trading city in Burma
Illegal wildlife trade is unfortunately perpetually practiced worldwide. One notorious location for animal trafficking that is generally under the radar is Mong La, a main trading city in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Locals and tourists from around the world come to this illegal traders’ haven to purchase illegally trafficked animals and animal products for heavily discounted prices.
Many of the trades that occur involve endangered animal species. Items such as tiger skins, pangolin scales, clouded leopard pelts, flying squirrels, elephant hide and tusks, masked palmed civet cat, Asiatic moon bear skins, and Tibetan antelope skulls are regularly purchased in Mong La trading stands.
Police are routinely checking the area for illegal animal trafficking, but usually do not see any evidences of the illegal trades. According to the Guardian, an anonymous local trader has admitted, “‘If the police come, we just hide these things. As long as [these illegal wildlife parts] are not on public view it is OK. We just put it all back out for sale when the police have gone.’”
Despite China’s efforts at ending wildlife trade at a large level, with actions such as arresting major gangs involved with tiger poaching, the problem persists at the local level. Current monitoring practices are not enough to cease the illegal trading.
Numerous animals, including many endangered animal species, are threatened by the illegal trades that are occurring in Mong La on a regular basis. Please sign the petition below to urge the president of Burma to enforce stricter regulations to end the illegal trades that are occurring in this town.
Dear President Thein Sein,
The previous efforts that China has made to cease illegal wildlife trading are appreciated. However, the minimal regulations and monitoring that are currently in place are not enough to stop the endangerment of animal species in the illegal trade industry. This prevalent problem must be remedied in order to conserve the animal species. Mong La is at the heart of the illegal wildlife trading that is occurring along the China border, and targeting this city would be a viable start to ending this problem on a larger scale.
I urge you to enforce stricter regulations in the town of Mong La to stop the illegal animal trades that are occurring. The current police routine check-ups are not effective, and something must be done to stop the trades once and for all.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Kurschner via German Wikipedia