You can buy it freely in urban markets and rural stalls set up at elephant shows in Thailand every day: ivory, carved into everything from intricate statuettes of the Hindu deity Ganesh for more than US$1,000 apiece, to tiny tusk pendants worth less than $10.
World Wildlife Fund regional representative Stuart Chapman meets Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday in Bangkok, where he pressed for a ban on the country's ivory trade. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
But the thriving trade, conservationists say, is helping fuel the unprecedented slaughter of elephants thousands of kilometres away in Africa, where the largest land mammals on earth are facing their worst poaching epidemic in decades.
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