Global Ivory debate escalates as Tanzania revels cost of maintaining its Ivory Stock Piles

Nairobi — As the debate rages worldwide over if Tanzania should be allowed to sell its stockpile of ivory, internal attention is now focused on the practical question of costs.

Does it make sense for the country to continue spending $75,000 annually to secure its stockpile of 12,131 tusks – weighing 89,848.74 kilogrammes and estimated to be worth $12 million in the Asian markets?

An elephant skeleton sitting in the dust

A stock room overflowing with seized ivory

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2 Responses to “Global Ivory debate escalates as Tanzania revels cost of maintaining its Ivory Stock Piles”

  1. Akhilesh Chipli Says:

    seized ivory should be destroyed forever. There is no meaning in selling. selling of ivory may add profit one’s country, but it increase greedy about collection of ivory by any means like poaching, killing etc. First destroy it, and BAN on ivory permanently!!!

  2. Tiger farms in China and auctioning ivory stockpiles, are both bad ideas. Maintaining legal avenues for sales of endangered species “parts” only keeps loopholes open for exploitation of illegal “parts”. It allows poachers and dealers to work in the shadows, to fill a marketplace meant for legal trade in endangered species parts. Mingling poached parts into legal parts is enabled with modified or forged paperwork.

    To say this didn’t happen from the last ivory auction, is only as accurate as the success of the poachers and dealers doing it. In other words, if they got away with it, they didn’t get caught and hence the lack of data causes numbers to be skewed or non-existent.

    The only sure way to control trade is to eliminate it entirely. Then any new ivory entering the marketplace, and seized, will be certain to be illegal. Tracking the source then becomes a valid and worthwhile effort.

    It has been done before and should be done again. Pile it all up and BURN IT. This may sound like a waste, but the true waste is the loss of our Earth’s precious elephants, for a product the world can easily do without.

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