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Published: Monday, Aug. 18 2014 1:50 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, Aug. 18 2014 1:50 p.m. MDT

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byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

There is a pretty easy solution to this problem, make all international sales of ivory items over 50 years old illegal again.

The problem isn't China's growing middle class it's that because a certain amount of ivory can be legally taken, all ivory is sold as legit, when in fact only about 10 to 20% of ivory sales are legal.

The world clearly is not ready for any legal ivory trade.

Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT

@byronbca

Has outlawing drugs stopped their flow? No. It simply increases the demand which increases the price and the willingness of black-market sellers to take more risk. Poachers are shot on sight in some elephant preserves and that hasn't stopped the poaching because the price on the black market makes the risk worth taking.

We need to flood the market with legal ivory; ivory obtained from elephants that die of natural causes. Stop burning tons of confiscated ivory. Sell it to fund security operations. Why not encourage businesses to breed elephants for ivory and meat, thus giving an economic incentive to encourage elephant husbandry? Hunters pay enormous prices to hunt elephants. That money could be used for enforcement, scientific experimentation with artificial insemination, habitat development and more. Many species have recovered through wise wildlife management, which always includes making animals available to hunters. Poaching needs to be reduced through wise economic planning; not emotional knee-jerking that only benefits the black market.

Jefferson
Kalispell, MT

"......world's largest LAND mammals."

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

Re Tumbleweed

On July 15 2008, China was given "buyer approved" status which meant it could once again legally import ivory into the country. This legalization of the ivory trade in China is directly responsible for the uptick in poaching. Make it illegal again and poaching will decrease just like last time they made it illegal.

It worked the first time, I see no reason why it wont work again.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

@Tumbleweed - Some African countries already use hunting as a means to prevent poaching. They give the right to issue hunting licenses to local tribes/villages with the notion that if a poacher kills an elephant, it's lost money to the tribe (which usually charge around $10K+ for a permit.)

I don't think elephant farming would be a practical solution though since most people aren't going to commit the time/effort/money it would take. Elephants need A LOT of space to roam, individuals literally require tons of food and elephants are VERY intelligent and emotional creatures; they don't fair well in captivity. Plus, elephant gestation is 22 months long, so you'd have to keep a large and consistently breeding herd to keep your population at a level capable of meeting market demand.

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