Posted by: Bob Payne | August 25, 2011

The State of the Elephant

Last week the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the international body created to protect wildlife from over-exploitation, met to discuss – among other items – the current state of illegal elephant ivory trade and poaching. Leading up to the convention, a flurry of reports revealed information about the current state of elephants in Africa and Asia. One such report in The Ecologist provides insight on how legal sales – one-off sales and sale of certified antique ivory – can instigate illegal markets or cause market confusion when proper controls are not enforced.


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