The group that has quickly enlisted the public in the fight against poaching in Myanmar is still at it, this time by organizing a free, public music festival in Yangon to celebrate the country’s wildlife on April 7.
Voices for Momos has partnered with the Danish embassy in Myanmar to put on the Voices for Wildlife festival, where several of the most popular local pop stars will perform, including Bunny Phyoe, Chuu Sitt Han, Kyaw Thiha, Irene Zin Mar Myint, and Pan Yaung Chel.
The festival will mark the end of a five-month campaign against the illegal wildlife trade, which is largely driven by demand for elephant tusks and skin.
The campaign began in early Nov. 2017, when Voices for Momos – a coalition of six conservation groups – partnered with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation to enact the Myanmar Elephant Conservation Action Plan. The plan aims to promote awareness and education in an effort to curb illegal wildlife sales in Myanmar.
Upon the announcement of the partnership, ministry officials also announced that an average one wild elephant was killed by poachers every week in 2017.
Previously during the campaign, Voices for Momos has partnered with local artists to place selfie-worthy papier-mâché elephant statues in public spaces around Yangon to raise awareness of Myanmar’s declining elephant population.
The group also partnered with Myanmar conglomerates KBZ Group and Shwe Taung Group to post materials discouraging the purchasing of wildlife products around Mon State’s Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, including in the pagoda’s new cable car system.
Voices for Momos has also enlisted a slew of Myanmar celebrities to speak out against poaching, including beloved MMA fighter Aung La Nsang.
Hey, you! Aung La (@aunglansang) has something to tell you: it’s now the last round for our momos. We have to put an end to the illegal trade of elephant body parts in our country – or our wild elephants will be wiped out. . Come to our VOICES FOR WILDLIFE music festival on 7 April in Mahabandoola Park to unite for our momos and call for the end of illegal wildlife trade in Myanmar. More information here: . #formomos #aungla #mma #mmafighter #myanmarboxing #martialarts #BeKindToElephants #ProtectElephants #elephantsofinstagram #saveelephants #elephantlove #elephantlovers #elephant #elephants #loveelephants #savewildlife #wildlife #animallovers #conservation #stoppoaching #notopoaching #myanmar #mymyanmar #everydayasia #everydaymyanmar #WorthMoreAlive #ivoryfree #wildlifecrime
Next month’s music festival will be held at Yangon’s Maha Bandoola Park from 5pm to 9pm. Entry is free, and the use of disposable plastic is discouraged at the event (and in general).