STATEMENT FROM AJAHN JAYASARO
It is very easy to be fatalistic about the environment. When it comes to the issue of ivory use in Thai culture, I believe people may have the attitude that buying or owning a little ivory doesn’t really make a big difference. No one wants to think that they are immoral or selfish but they might think a little bit of ivory doesn’t matter ultimately. It is our responsibility to shed light on this matter and demonstrate how all the little bits of ivory accumulate to a very large amount of ivory and that is basically a large number of dead elephants. A beautiful ivory bangle actually comes from an act where someone sat on a helicopter and shot down elephants in Africa. We must show this connection so people understand where the ivory comes from and at what price.
As I said earlier, I belong to the forest tradition of monasticism which is very strong in the northeast of Thailand. I feel a great love for nature and will teach and support conservation as much as I can. I will request my followers to do the same.