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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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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 National Geographic Magazine with 26 year old Chinese researcher Gao Yufang … Continue reading

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US bans the trade in antique ivory

The FT reported on 8th March that the US antiques industry is up in arms about US proposed leglislation to ban American commercial trade in objects made of elephant ivory. They describe the laws as a “philistine wrecking act” which … Continue reading

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Why trade bans failed to protect the elephants in the 1980s

An article from the Economist in 2008 argues that trade bans fail for some species for three reasons: 1. The trade ban has served to increase the price of rhino horn, but demand has stayed strong—and so, therefore, has the … Continue reading

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