On 25th June, 2014, an open letter was delivered by WWF-Thailand and partner NGOs to the National Council for Peace and order (NCPO). The letter called for NCPO’s urgent attention and action on critical issues relating to Thailand’s role as source, transit and consumer country for illegally traded wildlife products.
On 02nd July, 2014 The report, Polishing off the ivory: Surveys of Thailand’s ivory market was released by Naomi Doak, wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. The report found an increase both in the number of locations selling ivory as well as the quantity of ivory available since Thailand pledged to eradicate its domestic ivory trade in 2013.
On 5th September, 2014, WWF-Thailand was appointed as a member of the CITES Thailand Subcommittee, a working group of 17 government organizations dedicated to following through the National Ivory Action Plan and end the illegal ivory trade.
2013 was a monumental year for efforts to protect elephants when WWF and TRAFFIC’s global illegal wildlife Trade campaign secured the Head of State’s commitment to ban the ivory trade in Thailand.
February, 2013, WWF-Thailand and TRAFFIC held Elephant origami event to draw public support
for ban on ivory trade in Thailand.
February, 2013, WWF handed over 500,000 signature petition to ban the Thai ivory trade
to the former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in person. The petition later built up to 1,600,000 supports from around the world.
March, 2013, following global attention and voices from supporters against the ban, former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra committed to amend legislation to end ivory trade in the country
– the first time the Thai government had said so publicly. The announcement was made during the Prime Minister’s opening remarks at the 16th
Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES COP 16).
On 9th March 2013, a “Merit Making Ceremony for African Elephants”
was held by Buddhist Leaders at Wat That Thong, Bangkok to respect the lives of the many thousands of elephants lost to the ivory trade.
November 2013 WWF-Thailand joined hands with country’s renowned artist “Sakwut Wisesmaneen” and Stone and Style public co.ltd in an inspiring project called “A table that saves lives”
which demonstrates how through arts and creativity, one can raise awareness for the importance of environmental conservation and illegal ivory trade.