Both Tanzania and Zambia have put forward proposals to a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species CITES meeting taking place in Qatar from March 13-25 to down list their elephant populations from Appendix I to the lesser Appendix II. This will allow limited trade in Ivory. Some environmentalists say this will only fuel the illegal poaching of Elephants.
Well I am going to go the controversial route and say yes, firstly because as it happens these governments have massive storehouses of ivory collected through confiscation and they need the money that these could provide to help their woeful economic situation. Secondly it is all to easy to say no we should protect the elephants at all costs, but we are dealing with human lives too, people are starving to death perhaps that takes precedence to absolute conservation, obviously limitations need to be in place etc but especially because of those storehouses I think it is a good idea considering the desperate situation the people of these countries find themselves in.
Sadly it is inevitable as the pressure on these countries increases. I hope that somehow it will be avoided. The countries who accept these products , mainly China and the emerging India are the ones responsible. China has cleared great swaths of tropical forest in Madagascar to build a settlement for 40,000 people. This should have been prevented.