The illegal ivory trade is big business, and it hurts wild elephants in a big way. Every day, wild elephants are being slaughtered to meet the enormous demand for ivory. You can help now by urging Thailand to ban the trade of ivory, reducing the demand and taking an important step forward in the fight against wildlife crime.
- Sign this petition telling Thailand to ban the illegal ivory trade.
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Why It Matters:
Every day, elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory tusks. Poachers prey upon these animals to meet the high demand for ivory. This demand is driven in part by the illegal trade of ivory trinkets and carvings in Asia. Thailand has a thriving ivory trade. Poachers and others make significant amounts of money in what the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) describes as the largest unregulated ivory market in the world.
Recently, Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, spoke at a international wildlife trade meeting and declared that her country will end the trade of ivory in Thailand. If this ban is put into place, it will help reduce the demand for ivory in Thailand and be an important step forward in protecting these beautiful creatures.
According to Carlos Drews, head of the WWF’s delegation to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), “The fight to stop wildlife crime and shut down Thailand’s ivory markets is not over. Prime Minister Shinawatra now needs to provide a timeline for this ban and ensure that it takes place as a matter of urgency, because the slaughter of elephants continues.”
The World Wildlife fund has created this petition to keep the pressure on Thailand and its Prime Minister to follow through on this promise. By signing, you can add your voice to those hoping to save elephants from being slaughtered to create more illegal ivory products.