Timber ban sparks jumbo trading fears | Bangkok Post: news

Elephants living in Myanmar are expected to be smuggled to Thailand after Myanmar bans timber exports next year, an elephant conservationist said.

Soraida Salwala, secretary-general of the Friends of the Asian Elephant, said there would be less logging work in Myanmar for elephants, so elephant camp operators would exploit the situation.

She raised concerns that many young elephants might be smuggled into Thailand along the border under the orders of elephant farms.

\”Many elephant traders told me that a lot of baby elephants from Myanmar are on the list of requests by lots of elephant camp\’s owners,\” she said.

The Myanmar government says it plans to ban the export of timber from April 1 next year, in an effort to save its forests.

The plan would lead to a reduction in logging work for elephants.

Mr Soraida said borders in Mae Hong Son, Tak, Kanchanaburi and Ranong provinces are hotspots for illegal elephant trade activities.

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