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Dominant intelligent species? Nov. 13th, 2002 11:16 am
Lest anyone think the world's developing some environmental responsibility

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2435663.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2454249.stm

You think you are coming to a conservation conference, one exasperated delegate told me, then you realise you are actually at a trade convention. (Near identical comments were widely made about the Earth Summit).

From: valkyriekaren
Date: November 13th, 2002 - 03:33 am (Link)
The ivory sales thing will only work if very carefully monitored; there is a massive stockpile of ivory, seized from poachers and traders, in many African countries, and it's clearly a waste of time and resources keeping it in storage. Destroying it is one option, but that only prevents it from incurring further costs, and doesn't offset them. I also like the idea that the money from sales will go to help some of the world's poorest people.
Incidentally, why don't people who want ivory use tusks from domesticated Indian elephants? They regularly have their tusks docked when they get too long, don't they?
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From: nisaba
Date: November 13th, 2002 - 05:54 am (Link)
It's possible - I did see a documentary not that long about which talked about a particulsr herd of elephants who had evolved in response to hunting - the dominant gene used to be to grow two tusks, and a recessive gene sometimes caused the elephant to only grow one. Guess which elephants were more attractive to poachers? Now that herd tends to only grow one tusk.
From: dennyd
Date: November 14th, 2002 - 04:48 am (Link)
I worked on a website project earlier this year that may or may not interest you: Earth Summit for All