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Mar 17, 2010 7:27 PM

Should African countries be allowed to sell their stock piles of ivory?

One item up for discussion at this month's CITES conference is whether or not African countries should be allowed to sell their stock piles of ivory.  Could this take the pressure off of elephant and rhino populations?  Might poaching decline if there is a new influx of ivory that can be legally sold?  Or will it encourage the illegal sale of ivory on the black market?

 

Let us know what you think.  What would you decide if you were amongst the delegation at Doha?

http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/news/focus/2010_wildlife_trade/diary/

  • That's a tricky one really. I don't believe in killing off animals for just one part of their bodies. Or the whole body for that matter. However, it could be controlled. Like they with deer, rabits etc. They'd just have to make sure they'd stock the population again. Deer and rabbits have no problems reproducing. For an elephant or rhino it takes a bit more time to populate their hurd if you kill off to many of them. I would say it might lessen the crime aspect of it but you'll always have those that go out and hunt for more and don't agree with the limits that are being put on them.
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  • That is a tough question, although surely it's better to use this ivory than let it go to waste? Yes, I believe this stockpile should be used under carefully managed conditions and then the money raised from selling this ivory can to go towards conservation projects. The buyers of the ivory should be carefully monitored then, to make sure they are not buying any illegal ivory. I believe very much that we really have to come down hard on the Ivory and black market trade. Much Tougher laws need to be enforced, and not just on the poachers and traders, but the buyers as well- if they can all be fined however many thousands of pounds/dollars etc, and have much longer prison sentences, maybe it would discourage them in buying ivory? There have just got to be more losses than gains for anyone involved in the process. I think if the countries do sell their stockpiles, it should be with the help/under the supervision of wildlife funds and conservation projects that would monitor the sales very carefully.
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