(POLITICS) BEIJING — According to conservationists, more than 32,000 elephants have been killed by poachers since the beginning of 2012. Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has promised to amend Thai laws pertaining to the illegal ivory trade, which will hopefully close alleged loopholes that have allowed for elephant tusks to be smuggled into Thai and Chinese markets. This news delighted environmentalists, but many are still very concerned. Read the article below to learn about what the Prime Minister intends to do and why many are still skeptical. — Global Animal
A Thai customs official shows ivory seized by the customs office in 2012 at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo Credit: Reuters
A Thai customs official shows ivory seized by the customs office in 2012 at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo Credit: Reuters

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/04/world/asia/prime-minister-of-thailand-promises-to-end-nations-ivory-trade.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y&_r=1&

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  1. Great website for animal activists! I’ve lived in Thailand for a long time now and have seen many crackdowns come and go. There needs to be new or amended Thailand laws against the ivory trade that are strictly enforced and monitored for effectiveness. I truly hope that this crackdown will make a heavy impact on the problem.