Ivory and horn should be banned worldwide. All stockpiles destroyed. And these persecuted sentient creatures protected by a worldwide effort to bring their numbers back from the brink. It’s horrendous that there are people in the world who have no qualms about bringing an entire species to extinction.
To crush or hoard?
That is the dilemma for African countries with ivory stockpiles. It’s a polarizing debate. Destruction eliminates any and all possibility at corruption, it will not find its way back on the market and it sends a clear message ivory NOT attached to the animal has no value.
But the other side believes saving and selling the ivory allows the money to be rolled back over into conservation efforts for the animals, and the communities.
The problem is that elephants and rhinos exist throughout the African continent, making the “product” available in multiple countries, and each country has its own stance on stockpiling. So while Mozambique destroys ivory, directly across the border in Zimbabwe the country stores it, awaiting an opportunity to sell. This creates mixed messages and a lack of unity.
Selling Ivory Funds Communities
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