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Postbag: A hub of slaughter

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Thailand always wants to be the ''hub'' of something. Well, here's another ''hub'': Thailand is the second biggest transit point in Asia for illegal ivory. China is the biggest. 

Only a comparatively few Asians even know that it is illegal to deal in ivory. It's carved into live-long-time sculptures in China, Madonnas in the Philippines and spiritually-enhancing bangles in Thailand, among other things.

Monks and downtown shops all over Thailand are involved. Buddhist monks are supposed to have at least a bit of consciousness about life around them. Are they aware that much of the ivory they're carving and selling comes from the tusks of elephants? Tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year, just for their dental protrusions. Whole families are decimated and left to rot on the ground. Poachers are now using poisoned watermelons (to avoid making noise) and automatic weapons _ mostly to supply consumers in Asia.

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