Leonardo DiCaprio wants to ban ivory trade

Longtime environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, who is also on the board of the World Wildlife Fund, is planning to run a global campaign in conjunction with the WWF to ban all ivory trade in Thailand. They’re asking for signatures on a petition for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to ban the trade and save African and Asian elephants from illegal hunts. Leo has expressed his concerns about how elephants and other species are threatened because of the high demand for their parts. Thai law prohibits sales of African tusks, but it is legal to sell ivory from domestic elephants. The loophole in this allows large quantities of African ivory to be illegally imported to Thailand each year. DiCaprio was quoted as saying in a statement released by the WWF, “Whole populations are at risk of being wiped out if we don’t take immediate action to shut down this illicit trade.”

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  1. C-Dub • February 20, 2013 @ 12:47 PM

    Doesn’t make sense why people do this. When there is no more elephants or sharks etc… then what? Go make knock off purses if you want to do an evil business. Stop killing animals.

  2. zuh • February 20, 2013 @ 12:58 PM

    So make a movie…. Blood Ivory. Then you can make even more millions and not give a cent towards the cause.

  3. Fi • February 21, 2013 @ 10:13 AM

    DiCaprio is a longtime environmental activist? I’ve never really heard news about that, what else has he done?

  4. Debborah.Nathan • February 21, 2013 @ 2:53 PM

    Leo. just wanted two say hay hope yure doing good i think its a great cause.came across the site n its great looking good allways you.well take care june maybe wel.se yay thats the goal.we love youDnL.

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