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Stop the ivory trade

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     The ivory trade is the trade of the material that comes from the tusks of African and Indian elephants. It can also come from the sperm whale, walrus, mammoths, and mastodons. Even though These other animals can provide ivory, elephants are the main target for ivory traders and poachers because they can provide more ivory with their larger tusks. The elephants are not going to last forever and when they go, it will only be a matter of time before the other species with ivory tusks will go as well.

     The african elephants are the main source of ivory in the world. Around a thousand years ago, ivory poachers wiped all of the north african elephants out. This effected the food chain there quite a bit. Furthermore, in 1979, the population of african elephants was thought to be around 1.3 million. By the year of 1989, it was around 600,000. In 10 years, the population was cut in half. After this, the trade of ivory was internationally outlawed. Immediately, Zimbabwe and South Africa began to protest the ban. South Africa claimed that the elephant population was properly managed and was not in danger. Other countries did not even try to counter this as it was seen by them as more of a joke than anything. Just after this claim, other countries published stories about the ivory trade ban and the truth about ivory poachers. Later, SADF (South African Defence Force) detained 95% of the elephant population in Kruger National Park to protect them from the ivory trade. However, the population continues to drop. 

     The solution is to make the punishments for ivory trading harsher and to monitor the ivory market more to catch more of the poachers. If enough of the poachers are jailed for long enough, the word will spread and the ivory market will slowly come to a standstill. This can be achieved with your support. Thanks!

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