Help ban Thailand’s ivory trade. Your voice counts to save elephants.



Posted on 19 February 2013  | 



WWF-Thailand invites you to a special event to see Thailand’s biggest origami elephant and to add your own origami elephant to help ban the ivory trade and save Africa’s elephants!

Thursday 21 February 2013
Eden Zone,1st Floor, Central World, 3-5pm


Every day in the savannas and forests of Africa, elephants are being gunned down for their ivory tusks. Across the continent, tens of thousands of these majestic animals are being slaughtered each year. In many places the species has already been poached to extinction.

Elephant poaching is being driven by demand for ivory in Asia. Although it is against the law to sell ivory from African elephants in Thailand, ivory from domestic Thai elephants can be sold legally. As a result, massive quantities of illegal African ivory are being laundered through Thai shops. To save Africa’s elephants it is essential that Thailand closes this legal loophole.

Join us in asking our Prime Minister to ban all ivory trade in Thailand.

Join our event and meet celebrities along with experts in elephant conservation, such as Soraida Salwala and Kraisak Choonhawan. View our new video from Pancake Kemmanij Jamikorn, Palmy, Tattoo Colour, Darling and Kang Kamikaze, who have added their faces and voices of concern to help stop the ivory trade in Thailand.

View the country’s biggest paper origami elephant and add your own origami elephant in support of our campaign. One paper elephant represents one voice. Also enjoy viewing a narrative exhibition “From Africa to Asia” and an extraordinary short film about the illegal killing of elephants in Cameroon last year.

The first 500 people to join our action will get a free campaign t-shirt. Each voice that supports an end to Thailand’s ivory trade will be collected and submitted to the Prime Minister ahead of a major meeting in Bangkok, March 3-14. Representatives from 177 governments will meet to discuss global wildlife trade issues, including the elephant poaching crisis. While the eyes of the world are turned to Thailand, we need our Prime Minister to ban all ivory trade in Thailand to give elephants their best chance of survival.

For more information, please contact:
Preeyapa Temcharoen, Communications Officer. WWF-Thailand. Email: ptemcharoen@wwfgreatermekong.org Tel. 089022 4474

Agenda
3pm - Media registration
3.35pm - Ms. Phansiri Winichagoon, Director of WWF-Thailand delivers an opening speech
3.45pm – VTR Elephant slaughter in Cameroon
3.50pm - Ms. Janpai Ongsiriwittaya, Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade Campaign Manager delivers summary of the campaign
3.55pm – Sharing of ideas and impressions on elephants and their conservation (Soraida Salwala, a founder of Friends of the Asian Elephants Foundation and Kraisak Choonhawan, a former senator)
4.10pm – Celebrities make elephant origami and group photo
4.15pm - Music performance by the bands Footpath

Help ban Thailand’s ivory trade. Your voice counts to save elephants.
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