Ivory trade in Thailand to close

Posted on 23 May 2013    
Malaysian Ivory
© Elisabeth John / Traffic
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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