1. Zimbabwe considers pulling out of CITES over its $300m ivory stockpile  Business Day
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Botswana, Zambia and Namibia, which all have large elephant populations, support the planBotswana, Zambia and Namibia, which all have large elephant populations, support the plan

Zimbabwe considers pulling out of CITES over its $300m ivory stockpile

Some southern African states want to reopen trade in ivory, generally extracted from dead elephants. Opponents argue it could foster commercial ivory consumption and encourage poaching. The vogue now is an ‘ivory burn’ in which national stockpiles are put to the torch to much fanfare. But w...Some southern African states want to reopen trade in ivory, generally extracted from dead elephants. Opponents argue it could foster commercial ivory consumption and encourage poaching. The vogue now is an ‘ivory burn’ in which national stockpiles are put to the torch to much fanfare. But what if animal welfare organisations and donor states buy the ivory themselves and then hold their own burns? That would allow ivory to be capitalised — which can go to conservation without allowing additional supplies to enter the market.

A solution to the ivory trade conundrum: Buy it and bur...