DNA Testing for Illegal Ivory Trade

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora turns to DNA testing to trace illegal ivory.

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With perhaps as few as

With perhaps as few as 250,000 elephants left world-wide, down from about 100 million just over a hundred years ago, maybe the ivory trade should just be banned completely. Even the sale of "legal" ivory just drives the demand for "illegal" ivory. Elephants are highly intelligent creatures with brains about 3-times larger than humans. Unfortunately for them, they have excellent memories than have span many decades, and they can recall all of the abuses they have received from human hands. DNA testing of ivory tusks merely provides for country-wide government legitimacy for what is still really a crime against nature.