It is estimated that 38,000 elephants are slaughtered for their tusks each year in Africa.
And much of it is smuggled into Thailand - a renowned hub for ivory smuggling. Most of the ivory crafted there eventually ends up in the US and Europe.
As elephants are a national symbol in the country, Thailand does allow the sale of ivory - but only under strict wildlife protection laws.
Al Jazeera's Aela Callan reports from Nakhon Sawan, the ivory capital of Thailand - where about half the tusks sold are illegal.
[March 13, 2010]