The Courier-Mail

Thais crush ivory stash

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BANGKOK: Thailand has destroyed more than two tonnes of ivory – a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks.

The ceremony, in which 2155kg of raw tusks and carved trinkets were fed into an industrial rock crusher then incinerate­d, was presided over by Thai junta leader Prayu Chan-OCha and is the first time the kingdom has taken steps to destroy part of its stockpile.

“This is to show the Thai Government’s strong determinat­ion to oppose ivory traffickin­g,’’ he said.

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