China deserves credit for shutting down the illegal trading in elephant ivory that has contributed in recent years to the killing of thousands of African pachyderms.
But much credit should also go to international nongovernment organizations that have championed the elephants’ cause and raised public awareness of it in China.
On Dec. 31, 2017, China, the world’s largest ivory market, banned all domestic ivory sales.
The future of Thailand’s Elephants is in your hands
Thailands Elephant tourist trade stems from the logging industry which used about 2000 elephants. Logging was banned in 1989 due to massive deforestation which caused persistent flooding. The elephants were then bought or rented to tourist camps, to give rides and perform for tourists, which became very lucrative.