Elephant poaching hits Namibia’s hopes of ivory sale
The discovery of 19 elephants poached in Namibia could damage the country’s chances of being allowed to sell its stockpile of ivory.
Like other countries including Tanzania, Namibia is hoping that CITES will allow it to sell off the ivory it has recovered. Proponents of sales say that flooding the market with ‘legal’ ivory will hit poaching. Opponents say that following similar one-off sales in 2008, poaching actually went up.
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It may seem logical to sell ivory legally to beat the poachers, but in reality it hasn’t worked out like that.
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