Thousands of logging elephants at risk after Myanmar bans timber exports to fight deforestation

About This Source - South China Morning Post

The South China Morning Post (SCMP), with its Sunday edition, the Sunday Morning Post, is a Hong Kong-based English-language newspaper founded in 1903. It is Hong Kong’s newspaper of record, owned by Alibaba Group.

Recent from South China Morning Post:

  • Peaceful protests are part of Hong Kong city life and must return
  • Why car park ownership is big business in Hong Kong
  • Asian-American families wary about school return as hate violence increases
  • South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Thousands of logging elephants at risk after Myanmar bans timber exports to fight deforestation” – below is their description.

    The fate of thousands of domesticated logging elephants hangs in the balance after Myanmar’s government issued an outright ban on timber exports in a bid to fight deforestation. For decades the elephants and their handlers, known as mahouts, have carried out what is considered to be sustainable logging in the forests. But industrial logging that uses heavy machinery has destroyed wildlife habitats as well as the elephants’ workplace and the ability of their mahouts to earn a living. Many mahouts are being left with no choice but to sell their elephants to tourism camps, temples or other places, raising concern about their welfare among animal advocacy groups.

    Support us:

    South China Morning Post YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: China

    China is the third largest country in the world by area and the largest country in the world by population. Properly known as the People’s Republic of China, the political territory of the country includes the former nations of Tibet and Hong Kong. The capital is Beijing.

    7 Recent Items: China

  • Peaceful protests are part of Hong Kong city life and must return
  • Jane Golley, Wang Xining and Michael Smith on “The China Crisis” | ABC News
  • Inside China’s Robotaxi
  • Tesla Apologizes to Chinese Customer
  • Credit Suisse Decided Not to Chase This Rally: APAC CIO
  • Long Anticipated Commodity Rally Happening Now: CitiGroup’s Liao
  • WTO chief on how to fix shrinking world economy
  • In This Story: Myanmar

    Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.

    2 Recent Items: Myanmar

  • Chad, Libya, Yemen & other topics – Daily Briefing (20 April 2021)
  • Japan calls for Myanmar junta to free journalist
  • Leave a Comment