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Everything you need to know about ivory poaching

A ban was imposed in 1989 banning the international trade in ivory to reverse a rapid decline in the population of African elephants. But to no avail. Illegal hunting and killing of elephants remains a sad reality in Africa despite the ban. Here we examine how the beasts continue to be slaughtered to satisfy global demand for ivory.

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 January, 2014, 2:02am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 January, 2014, 5:30pm

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A ban was imposed in 1989 banning the international trade in ivory to reverse a rapid decline in the population of African elephants. But to no avail. Illegal hunting and killing of elephants remains a sad reality in Africa despite the ban. Here we examine how the beasts continue to be slaughtered to satisfy global demand for ivory.

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DocMartin
Any chance of a Chinese language version of this, too, on a page that's "open" to all so can readily link to it, maybe spread info towards Chinese buyers? [Including to help disillusion people of notions that tusks simply fall off or are harvested from animals that died of natural causes.]
monique.derfuss
Destroying the stockpile would ensure that the ivory doesn't enter the illegal market. The same way that the sanctioned one-off sales resulted in increased poaching, any ivory in the market will only fuel the insatiable demand and therefore the decimation of this magnificent animal.
david.stamp@sympatico.ca
Ivory is not a legitimate consumer product. It belongs on elephants. Auctioning the ivory confuses poachers in far away lands who think --here is some money to be made. Destroying temptation to sell, shaming the consumption of ivory, the message of the crush.