Anon. (2009, April 25). Thai gov't mulling ban on export of elephants. The China Post [online]. Available http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/thailand/2009/04/25/205635/Thai-govt.htm [2009, April 28]
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The government is considering a five year blanket ban on exports of local elephants to stem the rapid shrinking of the wild elephant population in Thailand.About 3,000 elephants are left in the wild, compared to 20,000 decades ago, while 3,000 have been domesticated, including around 200 jumbos roaming Bangkok streets to beg for money from tourists, a meeting held yesterday at the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department was told.
The department has tabled the proposal banning trade in elephants, but nongovernmental organisations working on wildlife protection and advocacy groups for elephants have opposed it, saying it was not practical but certain conditions should be put in place.
For example, the ban should apply only in incidences where Thai elephants were wanted to boost local tourism or circus shows overseas.
The department is working with several government agencies and the private sector on a national policy to preserve and care for elephants...