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Saturday, 13 March 2010 03:23

Legal ivory sales will only increase elephant deaths


Enforcement of an international ivory ban has reduced the numbers of elephants killed each year. However, any type of approval to lift that ban (even temporarily) will, in all likelihood, spur more killing of elephants for their ivory.

An international ban on selling ivory was instituted in 1989. It has been temporarily lifted at several times during this twenty-year-plus period.

Of course, there are many sides to this issue of ivory poaching, elephant killing, illegal black market activities, and the temporary lifting of international bans on legal ivory sales.

On one hand, proponents of legal ivory sales say that periodic legal sales of ivory are ultimately for the benefit of the conservation of elephants.

Opponents say that legal ivory sales will only increase the demand for ivory and, thus, increase the number of elephants killed for their ivory.

What do you think?

What I think is key to this issue is human nature, greed, and money. Poachers who kill elephants for their ivory only care about monetary profit. They don't care about the elephants.

Page two continues.

The iTWire article Scientists call for ban on legal ivory sales states that 'Scientists who study elephants are joining together for a moratorium on legal ivory sales around the world. According to the lead scientist in the moratorium, illegal poaching of ivory causes the death of 8% of the elephant population each year.'

This moratorium is being called for because the countries of Tanzania and Zambia want to temporarily lift the ban on the legal sale of ivory, so they can sell their stock load of ivory.

Scientists, on the other hand, do not want this to happen.

The iTWire article also states, 'Let's look at it from a human perspective. How would you like it if people (like you and your family and friends) were hunted down and killed for their teeth?'

These poachers would kill any living creature if they can make money from them'”that includes you and me.

Slave traders continue to trade human beings, even in the twenty-first century, in some remote parts of the world because they can make money from it.

Whether you agree or disagree with this temporary uplifting of this ban, the problem still occurs.

Page three concludes.

Healthy elephants are being killed for no other reason that to take their ivory tusks in order to sell them in the black market. These activities are illegal.

And, it is being countered by law-enforcement officials'”trying to prevent this from happening.

Elephant herds roam in parts of Africa and Asia. Many of them are still critically endangered because of poaching.

Human poachers kill thousands of elephants each year for one purpose: to sell their ivory tusks on the black market.

I think all activities, including temporary legal sales of ivory, should be eliminated in order to reduce this poaching and, hopefully sometime in the future, stop it all together.

What do you think?

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