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Ahead of CITES, pressure to ban Thai ivory trade

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BANGKOK (AP) — You can buy it freely in urban markets and rural stalls set up at elephant shows in Thailand every day: ivory, carved into everything from intricate statuettes of the pachyderm-headed Hindu deity Ganesh that go for more than $1,000 a piece to tiny tusk pendants worth less than $10. But the thriving trade here, conservationists say, is helping fuel the unprecedented slaughter...