Airline pledges against illegal ivory trade

Published on : Thursday, March 12, 2015

ivory-trade-thailandTHAI Airways joins the fight against the illegal trade of ivory and has announced that it will support the campaign to stop the malpractice in Thailand. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) strictly prohibits the import and export of anything made from ivory and THAI Airways from now will spread the word against illegal ivory trafficking on its flights and will not support the use of any ivory products on their flights.



According to the statements of a spokesperson for the World Travel and Tourism Council, the latest undertakings by the Thailand’s national carrier will send a strong message to the world and the consumers within the country, although the sale of domestic ivory is still legal in Thailand. WTTC added, “It may be a small step, but with so much of ivory’s perceived value being its association with status, the national airline’s position could hold influence.”



Thailand, the largest unregulated ivory market in the world is also the hub of illegal ivory merchants. Poonsak Chumchuay, THAI managing director, cargo mail and commercial department, noted that THAI is in close coordination with the Customs Department at Suvarnabhumi Airport for strict inspection of departing flights and transit shipments, especially flights to and from risk areas.

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