The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Thursday called for strong economic sanctions against countries most complicit in the illegal ivory trade, including Thailand, the host of an international meeting next month aimed at protecting endangered species.
WWF blamed the illegal trade in ivory for the deaths of up to 30,000 African elephants each year.
It urged the 177 governments gathering in Bangkok from March 3-14 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) to begin "a formal procedure that would lead to strict trade restrictions against the worst offenders in the illicit ivory trade".
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