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(Mar 07, 2013) Speaking to the members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Thailand's Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, announced that trade in ivory would be stopped in the country, although no time for an end to the trade was given. The parties to the Convention are meeting in
Trade in domestic ivory has been legal in Thailand, but there is the possibility that smuggled elephant tusks from Africa have entered the market. Wildlife advocates point out that the impact of the trade is seen in the ongoing serious problem of elephant poaching in sub-Saharan Africa. (Thailand's Prime Minister Vows to End Ivory Trade, supra.)
Shinawatra described several steps that Thailand will take to halt the international ivory trade. First, controls on local trade in Thai ivory will be tightened, with registration of domestic elephants and products made from their ivory, but there will not be a ban on sales of domestically-sourced ivory. The second step would be to change the country's laws "with the goal of putting an end to (the) ivory trade and to be in line with international norms," the Prime Minister said. (
While welcoming the announcement by Thailand's Prime Minister, Carlos Drews, the representative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) at the CITES meeting, added that "the fight to stop wildlife crime and shut down Thailand's ivory markets is not over. ... [The Prime Minister] now needs to provide a timeline for the ban and ensure that it takes place as a matter of urgency, because the slaughter of elephants continues." (
Thailand is considered by the WWF to contain the world's largest unregulated ivory market. (
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
|Topic:||Animal protection More on this topic|
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Last updated: 03/07/2013