Hot! New Law Reform Must Stop Ivory Trade In Thailand

Thailand Elephant

Flickr Photo Credit: Randy Duero

Today marks World Elephant Day, and the WWF and TRAFFIC have marked the occasion by asking Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to make certain that legal reform, together with steps outlined in Thailand’s national ivory action plan, delivers on her promise to shut down the country’s trade in ivory.

Although it is against the law to import ivory from African elephants into Thailand and to sell ivory from wild Asian elephants in Thailand, present laws allow for ivory from domestic Thai elephants to be legally sold.

Thailand’s ivory action plan, not yet public and expected to be submitted to the country’s Cabinet for approval this year, is required to specify activities to address the country’s ivory trade legislation and regulation, national and international law enforcement, outreach, and public awareness.

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