WHY PRELOVED DOES NOT ALLOW THE SALE OF IVORY
Original article can be viewed here.
Nellie, Babar, Elmer and Dumbo - with these animals inspiring favourite childhood characters, filling main attractions in our zoos and safari parks and taking lead roles in popular wildlife documentaries, it is hard to believe you could ever meet anyone who didn't know what an elephant is. You might even go as far to say that most people could tell you something about an elephant - "they are the planet's largest land animal", "they never forget", "they live in family groups", "they live in Africa"...
Sadly, very few people are aware of the full extent the ivory trade is having on the vulnerable populations of these magnificent animals. There are two groups of elephants in the world, Asian elephants and African elephants. Asian elephants are smaller then their African cousins, with slightly smaller ears and unlike African elephants, it is only the male elephants that grow up to have tusks. All African elephants will grow tusks.
Elephants and the ivory trade
Elephants were once common throughout both Asia and Africa, but a rise in ivory popularity throughout the 20th century saw severe reductions in their populations, finally leading to the protection of these animals across parts of Africa during the 1970s. However, the international demand for ivory was still fueling the legal and illegal hunting of elephants throughout the 1980s, resulting in worrying declines trending throughout the vulnerable populations.