Foreign travellers visiting Thailand should remain aware and not take any risks by buying any ivory products even if it is something as small as an earring or a bracelet or claimed to have been legally registered.
Measures are being taken in all of Thailand’s destinations to tackle illegal ivory trade in the domestic and international wildlife market. The move is in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to eradicate the international ivory trade.
Thai Ivories and Elephant Legislations
1: Ivory from domesticated elephants can be legally traded, but allowed only for domestic consumption under trade control.
2: Thailand prohibits import and export of ivory even if it is for personal consumption or as souvenir, and tourists are strongly advised not to buy ivory or ivory products. Taking ivory or ivory products outside Thailand is illegal. Offenders could get a jail term of up to 10 years or a fine of up to four times the value of the item or both penalties, and could face arrest at their country of origin.
Thailand submitted the revised ‘National Ivory Action Plan’ last month in accordance with the agreement made at the 65th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in July this year. Under the agreement, Thailand must adjust and enforce laws that would more effectively regulate the domestic ivory trade, possession and issuance of trade licenses as well as clamp down on the illegal ivory market.
For more information or to report on illegal ivory trade, contact:
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