Event Advisory: Thai Buddhist leaders to pray for poached African elephants and call for end to ivory use
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013
4:30 – 5:30pm:
Photo opportunities: Flower offerings at 3D elephant art installation, Prayers for elephants at wishing tree
Media interviews: Ajahn Jayasaro, forest monk and Buddhist teacher, previous abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat; Phra Maha Jerm Suvaco, General Director of the Buddhist Research Institute of the Maha Chula Buddhist University; Mae Chee Sansanee, founder and Director of Sathira-Dhammasathan Center
5:30 – 6:30pm: Teachings on “Buddhism and Elephant Conservation”
6:30 – 7:00pm: Prayer ceremony and traditional offerings made to monks
7:00 – 7:30pm: Closing
Media interviews: Phra Paisal Visalo, Abbot of Wat Pasukato, Chaiyaphum Province, Thailand; Phansiri Winichagoon, Director, WWF Thailand; Dekila Chungyalpa, Director, WWF Sacred Earth Program
Where: Wat That Thong
Sukhumvit Road between Soi 63 and 65, (BTS Ekkamai station)
Why: Illegal ivory carved into images of the Buddha, amulets, and other objects of worship are highly sought, sold, and bought by devout Thais and Buddhists around the world. Thailand is the world’s largest unregulated ivory market and a major sink for ivory poached from Africa.
Supported by WWF, the event aims to educate the deeply religious Thai public on the link between ivory and wildlife crime, and encourage the leadership of Buddhist temples and congregations to discontinue the use and trade of ivory.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra recently received over 1.5 million petitions calling on Thailand to ban its ivory trade. This week she pledged to start a legislative process to end ivory trade in Thailand at the opening ceremony of CITES, the international wildlife trade meeting.
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