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“Voices for Wildlife” music festival held in Yangon

Visitors to Voices for Wildlife music festival enjoy elephant dance in Yangon. Photo: MNA
Visitors to Voices for Wildlife music festival enjoy elephant dance in Yangon. Photo: MNA

A music festival titled “Voices for Wildlife” was held yesterday evening at Mahabandoola Park in Yangon to call for the prevention of the illegal wildlife trade and to raise public awareness over the issue.
The festival made its debut in Myanmar with the help of the Denmark Embassy to Myanmar and a group named “Voices for Momos.” Denmark’s Ambassador to Myanmar Peter Lysholt Hansen said that the activity is aimed to combat the illegal wildlife trade as Myanmar has a variety of animal species. He urged the people to do their part to preserve wildlife. Body parts of wild animals being sold across the world is becoming a global issue. “The number of wild elephants is also declining due to the illegal wildlife trade. The ambassador urged to take action against such illegalities. If we do not take strict action in unison, Yangon could be affected by illegal wildlife trading,” he added.
The festival was packed with audiences amidst entertainment programmes, including Kyaukse Elephant Dances and Myanmar celebrities singing. This was followed by a signing ceremony to combat the illegal trade on the bodies of wild elephants.
“After attending the festival, I understood that products made of the tusk and skin of elephants and other animals are part of the illegal wildlife trade. I also learnt that an elephant is killed every week in Myanmar for this purpose. We have a responsibility to protect wild animals, as they are part of the beauty of nature,” said Daw Khin Lay, who participated in the activity. The festival is aimed at urging the government to take quick legal action to combat the illegal wildlife trade. Voices for Momos programme, which began in November 2017, is a programme that can stimulate public awareness in combatting the poaching of wild elephants. —Myanmar News Agency

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