CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) does allow captive breeding of certain endangered species, but only under strict regulation.
But Myanmar‘s ability to police the trade is disputed, say environmental groups, who fear the country risks following in the footsteps of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, which have lost much of their wildlife.
The Forest Department said the new list was drawn up “in full adherence with the law” and after consultation with “conservation groups, academics, and experts in the field”.
Conservationists fear the rule change risks undermining all the progress Myanmar had made in recent years to end the illegal wildlife trade.
Rare footage caught by FFI camera traps showed the “treasure trove” of species in Myanmar’s forests, the group said.
“We must do everything we can to protect them.”