Monday, 30 June 2014

Thailand set to become next country to destroy ivory stocks

Thai officials have announced that they are to recommend the destruction of the country’s ivory stockpile. The request is to be submitted to a forum of relevant agencies on July 8th and is expected to be approved.

Acting Director-General of the. Department of National Parks Nipon Chotibal said that his department wanted to demonstrate their commitment to fighting the illegal trade in ivory and elephant poaching. The meeting of agencies will involve relevant ministries in the government, NGO’s and law enforcement agencies.

Thailand stockpile has grown from 1992 to include 6 tonnes of raw tusks – about 300 tusks representing 150 elephants – 330 worked ivory pieces and about 2,500 ivory pieces such as bangles.

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