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Bolivia has banned the use of fur and feathers in the making of costumes for the Carnival and said in a statement that any costume that does not comply with the new rule will be confiscated.

The statement says it is now prohibited to “sell or buy live or dead wild animals”, and anything coming from them, “in any Carnival demonstration nationwide.”

The most common animals trafficked for costumes during this period are the quirquinchos to make maracas and flamingos, parrots and toucans for their feathers.

Ministry of Environment officials will be responsible for overseeing the parade.

“The brigades will be displaced throughout the country to prevent illegal possession, trade and killing of wild animals that are prejudicial to the ecosystem,” said an official.

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