Crackdown on Illegal Ivory Trade in Thailand

Thailand is a major destination for smuggled African elephant ivory, with more than 7 metric tons of illegal ivory (which could represent a total of 1065 elephants) reportedly trafficked into Thailand from Africa in the last 15 months alone. According to Thai NGO Freeland, criminals are using a variety of different routes to bring the ivory into Thailand, including through the Middle East. Thai customs made an unprecedented seizure of elephant ivory on March 30th, after two metric tons of ivory comprising a total of 247 elephant tusks were discovered at Bangkok seaport in a shipping container labeled “frozen Mackerel.”

The seizure was the first boat shipment of illegal ivory ever discovered in Thailand, and represents the ninth major joint enforcement action by authorities in Kenya and Thailand since November 2010, when both countries agreed to cooperate in investigations of transcontinental ivory trafficking. News of the seaport ivory seizure came shortly after Thai authorities cracked down on illegal ivory trade by raiding two illegal ivory carving factories. Large pieces of African elephant tusks were recovered, along with hippo teeth and animal bone. Several people were also arrested and are facing numerous charges.

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