So, the ivory trade is making a comeback after years of success in reestablishing elephant populations in various African countries, and it has a lot to do with human conflicts:
And here, when China enters a market as buyer, its impact is massive:
And last October, conservationists had this warning:
And guess what, yesterday:
I already blogged about the plight of gorillas in the DRC as well as Rwanda at the time of the genocide. Here, we find again a correlation between conflict in Sudan and the slaughter of elephants. At the same time, one can expect that the global economic crisis will have a negative impact on people’s livelihood and therefore make ivory a resource worth killing elephants for.
There is a human-animal continuum at work here: their interests are not mutually exclusive and when human conditions degrade, so do living conditions for wildlife. As a result, preservation of wildlife contributes to the preservation of the environment, and promotes tourism (although the economic conditions in Western countries have a negative impact on that as well). Similarly, these national parks require personnel, guides, park rangers against poachers, etc., which can contribute to sustainable development.