South Africa an Outlier on Ivory Policies
A majority of Standing Committee members ultimately voted in support of a proposal to suspend discussions that could establish a mechanism to legalize the trade.
South Africa’s view is that destroying ivory increases its scarcity and therefore drives up prices. When ivory gets more valuable, poaching intensifies. Once again, many economists reject that reasoning. I wonder where these so called economists went to school, or better yet lets just look at who is paying their bills! So the “better” plan is to destroy stockpiles, and hope it works to curb the poaching. I say hope because there is no indication that it will, and no model that they are using as an example of success. In fact the successful examples of countries that have used their ivory to promote the elephant and support the people are being totally disregarded.
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