Thailand’s Wildlife Protection Activists Condemn Thailand’s New Elephant Export Law

Thailand’s Wildlife protection activists are calling for the suspension of the Ministry of Commerce’s new law allowing elephants to be exported overseas.

Joining the campaign, the Chartthaipattana Party’s director Nikorn Chamnong said that people are confused as to why the regulations have been changed, after live elephant exports were suspended for over a decade. He added that the change will lead to elephants suffering from living in environments that are unlikely to be fit for them.

“We need to consider whether the amendment is suitable or not. We are worried that the law will increase the number of Thai elephants in foreign zoos,” he said, adding that the cabinet should consider the exports on a case-by-case basis.

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