Myanmar: Elephant skin for pearls and quack medicine


Grunge Brush Stroke With National Flag Of Myanmar Isolated On A White Background. Vector Illustration.


Elephants are among the endangered species in Myanmar. The government in Myanmar estimates that there are currently only about 2,000 wild elephants in Myanmar’s jungle.
Already a few years ago the ( reported on the terrible trade in Asian elephant skins – for jewelry and traditional medicine. The skin of the elephants is painstakingly removed and sold for traditional Chinese healing methods. New research has now revealed that illegal trade has spread throughout Southeast Asia. The skin of elephants is burned in a clay pot and the ash is mixed with coconut oil. This cream is supposed to help against eczema

According to the new Elephant Family” Report, the burgeoning Myanmar industry seems to have spread to a greater part of Southeast Asia, including not just China, but also Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. The pearls are sold in Myanmar and China and skin products for traditional healing methods in all five countries.

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The previous report of the Elephant Family”, published in April 2018, showed that at least initially one person seemed to be behind the pearl trade.
This trader, whom they called “Jaz,” posted about pearls in an online discussion forum in 2014.
“Twenty-three follow-up responses showed that trade in elephant skin pearls was new and poorly understood,” the report said.
The elephant beads are made in the style of traditional Chinese collectibles known as Wenwan. Who exactly wants them, is unknown.

According to the report, some traders said their elephant skins came from captive elephant populations in the area, not from Myanmar’s dense jungle.
Managers of a family-run traditional medicine business said their skins came from “zoos.”
Another trader said his skins came from captive elephant populations in China.

Elefantenn Haut enthäutender ElephantFeb. 16, 2018, photo provided by conservation group “Elephant Family”


The subcutaneous fat of freshly slaughtered elephants is transformed into ruby red pearls

The strong smell is the only thing that prevents men and women from converting the subcutaneous fat of freshly slaughtered elephants into ruby-red pearls. It is harmful. The vapors are grueling because the workers in China have to harden the fat for hours, then polish the translucent fat pearls that often do not maintain their shape.
A trader told investigators at Elephant Family, a London-based conservation group, that it took him a full day to make a pearl. There was also another problem: the fat beads were not very durable when in contact with human skin.

Elefanten-PerlenThe Chinese saying Wenwan (文 transl) literally means “toy of culture” – illegal wild

And yet this trade is booming, as can be read on

“This trade is continuing, increasing and spreading geographically. It’s scary, “says Dave Augeri, biologist and director of nature conservation at Elephant Family”.

Elephant populations are sinking dramatically and poaching has increased tenfold in recent years, the government in Myanmar announced after demand for ivory and elephant skin has risen.


Increasingly slaughtered elephants are found whose skin has been stripped off, which is used for traditional medicine or for jewelry. Part of it is sold on local markets, but the vast majority goes to neighboring China, which has an inexhaustible taste for exotic animals, the government said.

The skin of elephants has become the latest fad of traditional remedies in China. In the shops, the skin is sold as devotees (the devotees). There is almost everything, whether as skin or pieces of ivory. In addition, tiger teeth come with bear oil.

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Not only is the skin brutally peeled off by elephants and sold, but their habitats also disappear.
Myanmar lost nearly 20 percent of its forests between 1990 and 2010. Since Myanmar’s military rule ended in 1962, the country has become attractive to foreign corporations.

As in other countries, Myanmar has also been discovered for the cultivation of palm oil. Other countries like Thailand use the land in Myanmar for agriculture. Likewise, mining companies have opened the hunt for raw materials.

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Even before Myanmar opened its borders in 2011, elephants were smuggled into neighboring countries for tourism.
Already in 2008, the illegal trade in Thailand and China was revealed. There are found 9000 pieces of ivory and 16 whole tusks that were offered for sale. On a total of 14 markets and three border markets in Thailand and China, one was looking for.
By 2008, in just a few years, there were about 250 live Asian elephants smuggled out of Myanmar. But now these cruel deeds are so frightening that even the government in Myanmar no longer wants to stand idly by.


My comment:The earth has a skin; and this skin has diseases. One of these diseases is called “human,” said Nitzsche.
It is not the eczema the disease, that some people need to heal, but their sick brains, who believe in the charlatanry of the Chinese and thus massacre thousands of loving and peaceful animals.


Best regards to all, Venus

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