Bergin also notes that it is the legal trade of ivory that is contributing to the demise of Africa's elephants, providing a convenient cover for the illicit ivory industry.
Last month, New Zealand authorities laid charges relating to 31 pieces of elephant ivory. And, the nation witnessed its first ever conviction for illegal ivory trading last year.
Only a few months ago, the International Fund for Animal Welfare raised concerns about the internet-based trading of endangered species products, including ivory, in New Zealand in their report, Click to Delete.
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) Executive Director Mary Rice explains that her organization has more than 30 years' experience investigating and exposing the international illegal ivory trade. The EIA has formally acknowledged its strong support for advocates pressing New Zealand to adopt a ban on all ivory trade and to dispose of government-held ivory stockpiles.
According to Tanzania Association of Tour Operators Chairman Peter Lindstrom, the loss of elephants in Tanzania, and Africa as a whole, will deprive many people of jobs, reduce a source of government revenue that plays a large part in the national economy, and see the most iconic of land mammals driven to extinction.