Ivory Trade and Its Negative Impacts. Say No To Ivory

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Have you ever considered that the percentage of elephants killed is faster than the percentage of elephants being born? According to the wildlife conservation society, 96 African elephants are killed every day for ivory; at this rate, no elephants will be left in 20 years (Jones, 2015). This directly means 34,560 elephants get killed every year. Imagine to what extent that they are being killed every year! Ivory trade was started during the seventh and eighth centuries, when Muslim Arabs secured a trade monopoly in Maghreb, in the north African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, between the Atlas mountain and the Mediterranean with peoples of the Sahara; as it was used for luxury goods by Carving, it was considered as a commodity from the early times (Seaver, 2009). This situation created the illegal ivory trade in the world. At the same time, poachers started to hunt elephants, so as to sell their ivory on the black market for an exorbitant price. Consequently, the elephant species started to become extinct. Hence, people should not buy ivory products as it Causes the extinction of elephant species, the devastating decline of plant species, and negative impact on herbivorous animals.

The first reason why people should not buy Ivory products is because it causes to the rapid trending down in the population of elephant species, which finally leads to extinction of the species. People should consider that, buying Ivory products would literary mean encouraging poachers to continue their brutal act on elephant species. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, 96 elephants are killed by poachers every day to meet the demands of ivory trade (Jones, 2015). For instance, In1976, The African Elephant Specialist Group estimates that there were 1.3 million elephants ranging over 7.3 square kilometer; then after 11 years the elephant population decreased to 760,000; the preceding 2 years also dropped to 608,000 (Stiles, 2004, p. 312). Imagine what is going to happen if the number is continuously decreasing like this! We are killing them just for their ivory.


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Bereket Yemane (Author), 2016, Ivory Trade and Its Negative Impacts. Say No To Ivory, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/380900


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