Selling Ivory to Save the Elephants
By John Frederick Walker
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Ivory poaching is back, big time, and the Internet is awash with photos of bloodied tusks and elephant carcasses.
In 2007, Kenyan wildlife officials counted 47 elephants killed by poachers. In 2008, the number jumped to 98. Estimates of the number of elephants now being poached across the African continent range as high as 37,000 a year. All this despite a ban on international trade in ivory that was enacted 20 years ago today.
Why hasn't the ivory ban been effective? Mostly because it doesn't fit the reality of the situation.....[more]