Saturday, October 08, 2016

Elephants in Thailand to have DNA registered

Under new laws, the genetic code of all captive Thai elephants will have to be recorded to help distinguish them from their wild counterparts

Thailand has just announced a new law for all elephant owners which required them to adopt a DNA Registration System to keep track of all captive elephants. This comes in response to a number of investigations carried out by NGO Elephant Family and mounting pressure from the conservation sector.This important step will ensure that captive-bred elephants can be easily distinguished from their wild counterparts. The news comes during the 17th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in South Africa.

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