On Thai Elephant Day, WildAid united 15 prominent Thai business leaders with a pledge to never use elephant ivory or other illegal wildlife products while also committing to help protect Thailand’s wildlife. In a show of solidarity, the nation’s top business leaders joined our call and urged stronger enforcement and more effective wildlife conservation action.
Thailand is a major destination market and trans-shipment hub to China and other markets for ivory products primarily from some of the roughly 33,000 elephants poached annually in Africa. To help raise awareness on this issue as private citizens, the business leaders publicly demonstrated that they will not purchase or use the products while also expressing their support for efforts to end the ivory trade and the poaching crisis in Africa.
“As business leaders, I think we can lead by example to help raise awareness about this critical issue in Thailand and demonstrate the Thai public’s strong commitment to protecting the environment.”
– Mr. William Ellwood Heinecke, Chairman and CEO, Minor International Public Company Limited
Thailand’s Business Leaders Pledge to Protect Elephants Press Launch Photographs
WildAid Thailand launched its Thailand’s Business Leaders Pledge to Protect Elephants project under the Ivory Free Thailand campaign on March 13th 2017, Thai Elephant Day. As a part of the project, WildAid united 15 prominent Thai business leaders with a pledge to never use elephant ivory or other wildlife products.
Joining the event and representing the 15 signatories of the pledge at the event were Mr. William Ellwood Heinecke, Chairman and CEO, Minor International Public Company Limited; Mr. David Lyman, Chairman & Chief Values Officer, Tilleke & Gibbins International Ltd.; Mr. Kirati Assakul, Director, Ocean Glass Public Company Limited and Khunying Chodchoy Sophonpanich, President, Thai Environmental and Community Development Association (Magic Eyes). The event also had a panel discussion hosted by Mr. Varin Sachdev on Thailand’s ivory trade situation and the roles of businesses in ending the ivory trade. Joining our business leaders as panelists were Mr. Somkiat Soontornpitakkool, Director of CITES Management Authorities, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Thailand and Mr. Brian Adams, Asia Program Manager, WildAid.
At the end of the event token of appreciation was presented to the business leaders and event sponsors, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort.
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Ivory Free is an intiative of WildAid. WildAid runs its Ivory Free campaigns in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand. The Ivory Free campaign calls on consumers to never buy, own or accept ivory as gifts. The Ivory Free Thailand campaign was kicked off on 13th June 2016 with celebrity ambassadors such as renowned international martial arts actor Tony Jaa, National football team coach Kiatisuk “Zico” Senamuang, national football team players Jay Chanathip Songkrasin, Kong Kroekrit Thawikan and a renowned Thai actress and television host Kathaleeya McIntosh, carrying the campaign message.
WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. We envision a world where people no longer buy wildlife products such as shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages nearly $289 million in annual pro-bono media support. Our message reaches 500 billion people a year. WildAid’s strategy for achieving this goal is to reduce demand for these products using our slogan: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too.