By Tiptida Areenukul
The Director General of the Department of Information and Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson has disclosed that the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and other relevant agencies have proposed laws and regulations to tackle alleged elephant tusk smuggling, to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
According to Mr. Sek Wannamethee, Director General for Department of Information, Thailand was required to submit a follow up progress report on the National Ivory Action Plan (NIAP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of the Wild (CITES), as agreed upon, on July 11th, 2014. Relevant sectors including the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Ministry of the Interior, therefore have suggested certain legislation and regulations, to the NCPO deputy chief Narong Pipattanasai.
If the proposed laws and regulations are approved, Thailand is likely to implement them, in line with the National Ivory Action Plan, and reduce the illegal ivory trade in the long run.