Close Ivory markets to save African elephants
A new study has revealed that the ivory markets must be closed in order to save the African elephants from being demised for illegal uses.
According to the new peer-reviewed paper by the Wildlife Conservation Society, humans were to conserve significant wild populations of elephants across all regions of Africa, all domestic and international ivory markets needed to be closed.
Elizabeth Bennett, WCS Vice President for Species Conservation, said that the corrupt ivory markets could notbe controlled in a way that did not provide opportunities for illegal ivory being laundered into legal markets.
Bennett said that with good enforcement on the ground, the tide of poaching could be slowed, for example, forest elephants in Central Africa occurred in densities seven times higher in sites with ecoguards than without them.
However, according to Bennett, the costs of such site-based protection in terms of funds and human lives would continue to increase and be unsustainable as long as ivory profits continued to escalate giving ever-increasing incentives to kill elephants illegally and traffic in their ivory.
The study is published in the journal Conservation Biology.
(Posted on 10-08-2014)