The battle rages on classifying what is ivory, what is bone, ivorine, horn and so on. It seems obvious that to enforce any sort of blanket ban including antiques, would be wrong and will not serve the aim of conserving elephants. When ever anything gets banned, it’s value increases and the banned produce gets channelled into the hands of criminals who have greater resources to continue any contraband substances to be trafficked.

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