The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is drafting a law change to ban the domestic ivory trade in an attempt to reduce international pressure over the illegal ivory trade in the country.
Deputy chief Theerapat Prayulasidhi said the department is proposing to amend the 1992 Preserve and Protect Wildlife Animal Act to ban the domestic trade of elephant tusks. He admitted the section regarding the ivory trade is sensitive so the department has to listen to the views of all stakeholders.
Initially, the department would focus on controlling ivory stocks.
Under the current law, the department has the authority to examine stocks of ivory held by private operators. The law change would not allow new ivory or ivory products to be added to their stocks.
"We will make regulations tougher and tougher until there is no longer ivory trade in the country," he said.
National parks officials will check stocks at more than 200 ivory handicraft shops in the northern provinces to make sure they are trading legally. More....