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Yingluck to 'consider' ivory trade ban

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Thailand will give due consideration to a call for a ban on the domestic ivory trade during the coming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) meeting beginning in Bangkok next week, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Wednesday. 

The prime minister was responding to an international petition submitted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC, a  wildlife trade monitoring network, at Government House.

The petition, which has 500,000 signatures, calls on host country Thailand to ban the trade in domestic ivory  from tame elephants, arguing that it is poorly policed and puts wild African elephants in danger.

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