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The ban on the global ivory trade was enacted in 1989 to protect elephants, which had just been classified as an endangered species.

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/17/science/ivory-trade-is-banned-to-save-the-elephant.html

It initially worked, and the African elephants' recovery earned distinction as a major success story. However, wildlife trafficking has recently become much more sophisticated and elephants are now being slaughtered at unprecedented levels.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150526-wildlife-crime-elephant-rhino-poaching-organized-crime/

Some conservationists compare the situation to the War on Drugs, and argue that the best way to combat it is to lift the ivory trade ban.

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/stiles/

And there are those on the other side who think a legal ivory trade would only make things worse.

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/bennett/

So, what's your opinion? What do you think is an appropriate solution?
Posted 6/29/15
I say no. If it becomes legalized, that may lead to further killing off of ivory producing species.
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I think it'll only make the elephant slaughtering worse if it's legalized.

I think the government should try giving the elephant killers worse sentencing, since they are, after all, in most if not all cases, killing an endangered species. Hell, some elephants are on the brink of extinction. Lock them up and throw away the key, killing those poor creatures for "medicine" smh. The sad thing is that those who kill animals for one part are often let off on a very long leash with little to no sentencing or jail time if any.
Posted 6/29/15
No I don't think so.
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Bring back gibbets! Prominently display the bodies of executed poachers (did I mention executing the poachers?). The more displayed, the better. And, frankly, I think that legalizing the ivory trade would escalate the slaughter rather than lessen it. Ivory is too rare in general for a legal market to noticeably drop prices. . .
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Posted 6/29/15
No. Legalizing it will only increase the slaughter.
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Posted 6/29/15
Isn't there a conservation group out there planning to genetically replicate ivory to flood the market with? Driving down the price and effectively killing the market sounds like a pretty swell solution to me.
Posted 6/29/15 , edited 6/30/15
Can't remember, but don't elephants need those tusks for something? It's not like sheep's wool.

Personally think they should castrate those poachers without anaesthesia, then they would know how it feels to have their body parts taken from them by force.
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No. The likelihood of drugs being gone is below minimal.The likelihood of Elephants being gone is much much larger.Not a valid comparison.
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Posted 6/29/15
I know several collectors of ivory and they hate the new stuff.
They prefer antique pieces and are against poaching.
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I say no, but it depends on how effective the plans are for an immediate follow-up are if the ban is to be lifted. Obviously, a mere ban or a mere lift of a ban isn't going to protect the elephants. There has to be more.
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Well give it 10 more years and then there won't be a problem because they will all be gone. Then there will be reports on attacks on zoos because that is where the last few remaining ones will be found. Like move all the polar bears to Antarctica. They will eat all the penguins then run out of food themselves, thus eliminating 2 problems. Once we drop global oxygen levels to under 16% much of our problems will go away. By needing bio domes and spacesuits while on Earth we won't need to travel to other planets.
Posted 6/29/15
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Posted 6/29/15
No, and while they're at it they should make the elephants shove their tusks up a poacher or two. See how fun it is.
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No. I know that cause National Geographic would not shut up about the Ivory trade for years.
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