Friday, October 25, 2013

Thai Mahouts Against Elephant Ownership Bill

Yesterday, mahouts gathered with their elephants at Ayutthaya's elephant corral to persuade the government not to approve the draft Wild Animals Preservation and Protection Bill reported The Nation.

The bill has been driven by the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department who say their aim is to prevent the poaching and illegal trade of elephants.
Thailand Attorney   

Chaninat and Leeds specialize in local and international law in Thailand 
A public forum is being held on the draft bill, which will be considered by Parliament at a later date. The mahouts have also called on the government to remove Natural Resources and Environment Vice Minister Damrong Phidet from his current position after he showed support for the draft bill. 

General members of the public in Bangkok recently took part in a march to highlight the illegal ivory trade. Similar marches were held in cities across the world. 

Read the full story here.

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