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Mandalay to crack down on illegal sale of migratory birds
The Mandalay city government will take action against those who sell migratory birds in the city’s markets, as it steps up efforts to protect rare wildlife.

U Kyaw San Myint, a member of the Mandalay City Development Committee, said the city has posted warning notices about trading migratory birds in 45 public markets.

He said first-time violators will be given a warning and made to sign a pledge not to engage in the illegal trade, but second-time offenders will be taken to court or fined.

“We warned those in charge of a market where we found migratory birds being sold, and they promised to help enforce the regulations,” U Kyaw Sa Myint said. “This is aimed at protecting rare species on the conservation list of the Forest Department,” he added.

According to the Birds and Environmental Conservation Association, Myanmar has 1125 species of water birds, of which 29 are endangered due to hunting, netting and poisoning.

Migratory birds normally arrive in December at lakes in Mandalay as well as at Sunye Lake, Paleik Lake, Manaaw Lake, and Taungthaman Lake.

Unfortunately, some of them are put at risk of extinction by hunters and illegal wildlife traders, according to conservationists.

Most lakes that attract migratory birds in Mandalay are designated as protected wetlands, and a committee of experts has been formed to conserve them.

U Myo Thit, regional minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, said Mandalay is drawing up plans to protect the birds.

“In cooperation with local people, we are trying to prevent the killing of migratory birds, and will take action against anyone who harms them,” he said. “The migratory birds have started to arrive, and we have told people to leave them alone.”

FROM : MYANMAR TIMES