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WildAid works to reduce demand for ivory and shark fin in Thailand

Thailand remains a significant market and transit country for elephant ivory and shark fin. During 2017, WildAid worked to reduce demand and to strengthen enforcement on ivory and shark fin through public education and awareness campaigns as well as policymaker outreach efforts.

Yao Ming and WildAid inform Chinese consumers that buying ivory is now illegal

The greatest single step toward reducing elephant poaching will come into effect on Sunday when it will be illegal to buy or sell ivory in China. The country was once the world's largest market for illicit ivory, and a major driver of rampant elephant poaching in Africa.

"We can start 2018 hopeful that elephants will be safer now that China has banned commercial ivory sales. Prices are down and law enforcement efforts in many parts of Africa and Asia are much improved," said WildAid CEO Peter Knights.

As China bans ivory, prices and poaching fall, other countries follow

December 12, 2017 - China, which was the largest market for illegal elephant ivory, will ban all domestic sales of ivory products effective December 31, 2017.

Thais go #IvoryFree with WildAid and USAID

Celebrities, business leaders, politicians, sports stars and other influential Thais nationwide are joining the #IvoryFree campaign, a social media movement and pledge to never buy, use or give ivory as gifts. 

More than 100 Thai celebrities and some of the country's most influential personalities have joined WildAid and USAID Wildlife Asia's joint campaign, called "I am #IvoryFree," to deter the purchase of ivory in Thailand.

View the campaign.

African rangers support Hong Kong ivory ban

A Kenyan ranger was among those who addressed Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) last week urging lawmakers to support a ban on ivory sales in the city.

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