Category Archives: Elephant

Linking trophy hunting, wildlife conservation and African rural livelihoods

Trophy hunting is an emotive subject. In Africa, hunters from the US and Europe pay many millions of dollars a year to track and shoot game for their trophies. Whilst many people disagree with shooting animals, the industry contributes to … Continue reading

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A strategy for a legal trade in ivory

A ban on the trade in ivory has been in place since 1990. One of the main arguments used by NGOs against revisiting a legal trade is that the one-off sales in ivory “stimulated” demand and thus poaching. Dan Stiles … Continue reading

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Drivers of elephant poaching crisis – low shipping costs & political instability not demand

NGOs claim that increases in demand are driving the elephant poaching crisis. Research by Brendan Moyle an economist at Massey University in New Zealand concludes that supply not demand factors are driving poaching, in particular low shipping costs and political … Continue reading

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Do legal markets “stimulate demand” for wildlife

One of the main arguments used by animal welfare and conservation NGOs against legal markets for wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn is the markets “stimulate” demand. For example, NGOs have argued that the one off ivory sale stimulated … Continue reading

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Did the CITES one-off sale cause the ivory poaching crisis?

Most of what we hear about the ivory trade comes from Western NGOs often with an advocacy position to ban trade. So it is interesting to read this interview in┬áNational Geographic Magazine with 26 year old Chinese researcher Gao Yufang … Continue reading

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