Legal ivory trade fuels demand for black-market poaching

Banning the ivory trade and destroying ivory stockpiles is the only effective way to save elephants from extinction, according to new research.

The peer-reviewed paper, produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society, looked at the corruption index of 117 countries. It found that corruption, organised crime and a lack of enforcement means poached ivory will continue to find its way into the legal market.

These findings counter current calls for carefully regulated ivory sales to help fund elephant conservation.

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