Ivory Crackdown Begins

 | Thu 5 Mar 2015 07:29 ICT

CityNews –¬†Following the new law requiring all citizens to register any ivory in their possession, hundreds of people in Chiang Mai and Lamphun have come forward to register their items.

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Each household is allowed up to 12 items. So far the largest piece has been 18 kilograms.

Should anyone fail to report their ivory, they could face a fine of up to six million baht, three years in jail or both. No household is allowed to posess more than half a kilogram of ivory. Any persons trading in ivory must request a permit from the government.

All African ivory is illegal. Thailand is one of eight countries with an illegal ivory market.