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Yingluck Shinawatra (Thailand PM): promised to end her nation's trade in ivory

Speaking at the opening of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she will amend Thai law "with the goal of putting an end to the ivory trade". She did not give a timeframe for the amendment.
Activists say criminals exploit the kingdom's legal trade in tusks from domesticated Asian elephants to sell illicit stocks of African ivory, driving a poaching crisis that sees tens of thousands of elephants slaughtered each year.

Thailand is currently the world's largest illegal ivory market behind China, according to conservation group WWF, with scores of unauthorised traders selling products made from tusks often to foreign tourists.

TagsCountries, EnvironmentCreated On3 Mar 2013
Report FrequencyyearlyExpires On30 Mar 2017
Recorded ByChris Noone

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