23 Feb '15, 1am

Thailand's drive against illegal ivory trade bolstered by forensic tools

Thailand's drive against illegal ivory trade bolstered by forensic tools

Ivory pieces on sale in Thailand in 2014 © Naomi Doak / TRAFFIC Bangkok, Thailand, 23rd February 2015 —Ivory traffickers be warned: the Thai authorities have a powerful forensic tool in the country’s drive to detect ivory of illegal origin entering its markets and ensure domestic traders are complying with new laws. A collaborative project between Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has trialed forensic DNA examination of ivory products to assess the origin of elephant ivory products commonly available in local markets. One hundred and sixty items of small ivory products legally acquired by TRAFFIC researchers primarily from retail outlets in Bangkok were subjected to DNA analysis at the DNP’s Wildlife Forensics Crime Unit (WIFOS Laboratory). The aim of the exercise was to determ...

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