The trading takes place in the most renowned part of the country at Golden Rock. The area has various shops that sell skin of an elephant along with the teeth of a tiger and oil from bears.
They attract customers by telling them that the skin of the endangered animal cures eczema and tell them the way they are supposed to use it. “You burn pieces of skin by putting them in a clay pot.
Then you get the ash and mix it with coconut oil to apply on the eczema” said a shopkeeper while selling it for 5,000 kyat ($3.65) per square inch.
The tusk of an elephant is also sold in the form of a paste. For the paste they claim that it cures pimples and dark spots, making the skin smooth.
However, the experts and anyone with a half a brain knows that these claims are nothing but bullshit.
Unfortunately there is no cure for human stupidity or the incompetence of CITES
It goes without saying if any animal is getting slaughtered, China and it's traditional Chinese Medicine morons won't be too far behind.
Myanmar sells a large amount of tusks to China raking in millions of dollars a year. The exporting is the same for Thailand, the country attracts tourists from the endangered species.
“We’re in the middle of a crisis. If we’re losing this number it can’t be too many more years before wild elephants are gone,” said Antony Lynam, regional adviser at the Wildlife Conservation Society.
According to Lynam, if the killing continues at such an alarming rate then the animal will soon disappear.
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