Another Reason to Not Like Military Rule in Burma: Porous Border With China Enables Wildlife Trafficking

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photo: Traffic

As if you needed another reason to not like the military junta in Burma, wildlife trade monitor group Traffic has just released a new report showing how a porous border with China allows for a "door-to-door delivery service for illegal wildlife products."Traffic's program director in China describes the situation:

China's border areas have long been considered a hotbed for illegal trade, with remote locations often making surveillance a difficult problem in sparsely populated areas.

Interestingly, one observation coming out of the State of the Wildlife Trade in China 2008 report is that though there is ongoing demand for products from big cats, it is becoming less publicly visible. Traffic says that it is unclear however whether this is because of less trade in products or because the trade has been driven more underground and become more organized.

Based on other reports detailing the connections between organized crime and the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade, on the face of it it seems that the trade has become more organized and covert.

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