Regarding the Jan. 7 news article “China crushes 6 tons of ivory in move to aid African elephants”:
China’s action not only destroyed the value of the already-created carved works of art but it also risked reducing the existing supply of ivory, thus raising its black-market price — and tempting more poachers — while plausibly not reducing demand and possibly increasing it.
All parties might consider looking at the fossil ivory that is becoming available from the melting permafrost of Siberia and northern Russia. Russian carvers have been using this resource for centuries with exquisite results, as one can see in Russian museums. There would be a fitting symmetry to woolly mammoths coming to the rescue of their latter-day relatives with a little help from Homo sapiens.
John Evans, Washington
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