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What do we gain by burning ivory?

The economic case isn’t strong. The moral one, on the other hand…

4 June 2016

9:00 AM

4 June 2016

9:00 AM

To mark World Environment Day this Sunday, Angola will celebrate its zero-tolerance approach to the illegal wildlife trade — the third biggest illegal trade after drugs and arms. Angolans are seeking to rebuild their shattered elephant population in the face of the relentless trade in ivory. But the debate is marked by sharply opposing views, which tend to be centred on such spectacular stunts as the burning of government stockpiles of elephant tusks.

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