"The writing in blue ink on the tusks does not seem to have been necessary, as later (when the tusks were in Dar es Salaam) they were further disfigured with very deep imprinting (stamping) of identifying numbers into each tusk. The authorities doing the stamping obviously had no regard for preserving the trophy's beauty, as they stamped both tusks in the middle of their length. Each tusk has more than a foot of stamping on it.
"I realize the necessity for identifying tusks to comply with CITES, etc. But that does not mean professional hunters should let authorities stamp and mark the ivory recklessly. Why can't tusks be stamped or marked near their bases so the marks can be covered with a brass collar or some other kind of decorative covering?"
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