Thai Authorities efforts to clampdown on the illegal trade of ivory has resulted in two elephant tusks and 422 pieces of ivory, weighing a total of 334.5 kilogrammes being confiscated in the first six months of this year.
The campaign to stop the illegal ivory trade has been stepped up due to the fact Thailand is accessible via sea and many smugglers were transporting their contraband out via containers.
Thai authorities have been keeping a close watch on so-called “red areas” in eleven provinces where ivory is reportedly being processed.
In 2016 a total of 397.95 kilogrammes of ivory was seized by Thai authorities.
The Ivory seizure have been carried out in connection with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in an attempt to improve Thailand’s ranking after an assessment which will take place later in the year.
Thai authorities are also clamping down in other natural resource areas such as illegal deforestation, poaching and encroaching on state protected land.
Source : Thai PBS
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