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Ivory trade in Thailand to close

Posted on
23 May 2013
The Thai Prime Minister's commitment to take step to close its ivory trade, announced at the CITES meeting in Bangkok in March, is a major step toward protecting Africa’s elephants by eliminating a key illegal ivory trade channel – a top priority goal for WWF.
The scale of this trade and its impact on elephants – an estimated 30,000 are killed in Africa every year – was shown in December with Malaysia’s largest ever seizure of illegal ivory - 150,000 ivory pieces in cases marked timber, en route from Togo in Africa to China. This is the sixth major seizure of illegal ivory in Malaysia in 18 months.
And a high level meeting of Central African states in March agreed an emergency plan to stop the wave of poaching.

Malaysian Ivory
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