Ivory traders, owners must register (Thailand)



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TRADERS, owners or people acquiring ivory extracted from domesticated elephants and relevant products are required to register the ivory with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) from March 22 until April 21.
Those failing to do so will face up to three years in prison and/or a maximum fine of Bt6 million.
DNP director-general Nipon Chotibal said that under the new law, which took effect on January 22, an individual must not have more than four pieces of ivory or ivory products in their possession while a household must not have more than 12 pieces weighing no more than 0.5kg in total. 
These items cannot be sold, traded, gifted or transferred but could be inherited, he said.
People wishing to trade ivory or relevant products must apply for a special permit with the DNP’s director-general, as must people wishing to export or import the items, he said.