Buddhist monks pray for the protection of African elephants

by Jaya

Buddhist prayers were said in Bangkok yesterday for the thousands of African elephants slaughtered each year to feed the illegal market for ivory. The city is currently hosting an important UN conference on the wildlife trade.

Thailand is the world’s second biggest end market for so-called “blood ivory”. The event brought together some of the country’s most revered monks to pay respects to the animal whose plight has dominated discussions at the ongoing 178-nation Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species. Organisers, the World Wildlife Fund said the idea of faith-based conservation was gaining traction around the world.