In a first, U.S. officials are going to destroy their massive stockpile of illegal ivory this week, hoping to send a zero-tolerance message to elephant poachers.
On Thursday (Nov. 14), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will pulverize nearly 6 tons (5.4 tonnes) of illegal ivory items, from whole tusks to tiny trinkets, which have been seized over the past 25 years as a result of smuggling busts and criminal investigations.
Wouldn't it make more sense to sell the ivory to those countries in Asia where it has a high demand, thereby increasing the supply of ready-made ivory items, thereby reducing the demand for ivory tusks (saving elephants and making money) ?
Even better, if possible, KILL all the poachers every where they are. Then go after the traders that handle the ivory, then go after the sellers, then go after the buyers. That should slow down the poaching a lot.
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