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Post at: May 28 2022

WWF Report on Wildlife Trade in Myanmar

Recent Context

  • In March 2022, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released a report, in which it shows  illegal purchases of wildlife online are growing in Myanmar which is a threat both to public health and to endangered species.
  • The report found that enforcement of bans on such transactions has weakened amid political turmoil following a 2021 military takeover.

Key Highlights of the Report

  • The number of such dealings rose 74 per cent over a year earlier to 11,046, nearly all of them involving sales of live animals.
  • For the 173 species traded, 54 are threatened with global extinction.
  • The animals bought and sold included elephants, bears and gibbons, Tibetan antelope, critically endangered pangolins and an Asian giant tortoise. 
  • The most popular were various species of monkeys, often bought as pets.
  • Most of the animals advertised for sale were taken from the wild.
  • They also included civets, which along with pangolins have been identified as potential vectors in the spread of diseases such as SARS and COVID-19.
  • In Myanmar, much of the trade in wildlife is through Facebook.

About World Wide Fund 

  • The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961 that works in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment. 
  • It was formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States. 
  • Headquarters- Switzerland



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