27 Feb '13, 5pm

On Conference’s Eve, Thailand Is Pressed to Halt Ivory Trade: The prime minister publicly accepts a petition f...

Associated Press Stuart Chapman, a regional representative of the World Wildlife Fund, presented a petition for a blanket ban on the ivory trade to Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, on Wednesday. As my colleague Erik Olsen just noted here , many threatened species will be competing for attention when officials from 177 countries open a conference on the trade in endangered species on Sunday in Bangkok. On Wednesday, Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, received a major international petition from the World Wildlife Fund calling on Thailand itself to ban the trade of ivory within its borders. The petition, which drew 517,899 signatures online and 10,000 “offline” in Thailand, was presented to Ms. Yingluck at a special handover event. She said that she would take the issue into “consideration,” but an official with the conservation group said that it...

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