“You can get quite a lot of skin off a single elephant,” Stewart-Cox said.
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A report by a British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing a greater threat to Asia's wild herds than the ivory trade. The group Elephant Family says the threat is greatest in Myanmar, but warns that the Asian elephant could become extinct in the areas where it now ranges in the region if the problem escalates. It says the threat exceeds that from the ivory trade because poachers are targeting any elephant, not just those with tusks, and threatens elephants that are scattered in poorly protected areas.The report – "Skinned: The Growing Appetite for Asian Elephants" – said that China's State Forestry Administration has licensed some products that contain elephant skin.
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