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Why it's time to ban the ivory trade for good [Graphic images: viewer discretion advised]

Why it's time to ban the ivory trade for good [Graphic images: viewer discretion advised]

Commentary by Paula Kahumbu, special to mongabay.com December 12, 2012 Elephant slaughtered at Galana Ranch. Photo by G. Cullen. This week the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) announced a 14% decline in elephants in the Samburu/Laikipia ecosystem over the last 4 years. The decline has occurred in a population whose natural growth rate was measured at 5.3% between 2002 and 2008 according to the previous survey, suggesting that over 300 elephants are dying annually in the Samburu and Laikipia’s landscape, denting the poster child image of one of Kenya’s most important wildlife landscapes. Poaching and drought are the main causes of mortality in this population. The impact of poaching on tourism cannot be ignored, heavily armed bandits threaten more than elephants, if we can’t protect elephants how can we protect international tourists? But it’s the long term consequence that are...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1212-kahumbu-op-ed-poaching...

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