The documentary film 'When Elephants Were Young' needed to provide a blog update regarding their filmmaking progress and the state of elephant ivory legislation in Thailand.
"In response to international pressure, Thailand has revised its National Ivory Action Plan and will introduce new laws to regulate the illegal ivory trade. But there is still a long way to go, and much more to be done. Thailand is challenged because it has a “legal” ivory trade, which allows the buying and selling of ivory from captive Thai elephants. Elephant owners are allowed to trim and sell the ivory from their elephants when they are alive, or to carve and sell the tusks after their elephant dies. This is weakly enforced and has enabled the smuggling of African ivory to come into Thailand. While some wildlife protection agencies have urged Thailand to close all its legal domestic ivory shops, others state that a complete ban would force the trade underground – allowing it to flourish, and causing the demand for ivory to increase."