As business travelers we get around and thus influence certain markets. The one I want to mention today involves the ivory market.
Until 1990, the legal international trade in African elephant ivory flourished, with ivory showing up as, carvings sold in Asia and jewelry sold in the
In 1989, CITES effectively banned the international commercial trade in ivory from African elephants by placing them on
However a recent rise in the illegal ivory trade, combined with habitat loss and conflict with humans is taking a heavy toll on elephant populations. By 2007, as few as 402,067 African elephants survived in the wild.
Its up to us. As we go shopping in the different corners of the world we can make a choice. If we keep buying ivory the elephants will keep dying.
So do we really need that tusk trinket or is it better left on the elephant? Lets give it consideration and stop buying ivory during our trips.