Ivory Trade in Thailand

Poaching for ivory is an existential problem for the remaining, shrinking elephant herds in their last ressorts. Particularly in Africa ten thousands of elephants die annually due to poaching. The populations face extinction. Although in the verymost countries in the world ivory trade is completely banned, that is not so in Thailand. Here is the trade of ivory of domestic, registrated elephants legal. That makes Thailand an attractive laundering country for smuggled ivory from Africa.

Today, on the 4th of March 2013, an international conference of conservation organisations (CITES) started in Thailand’s capital Bangkok. They try to force the Thai government to ban ivory trade in Thailand totally. The WWF (World Wildlife Fond) collected almost 600,000 votes from people worldwide to set pressure on Thailand.

The online petition is still ongoing. If you want to take part in it, you find it here:

WWF Ivory Ban Petition

Read the whole chapter on elephant poaching
Read the whole article on Asian Elephants

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