Saving elephants needs more than ivory trade ban

The U.N.’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is the best way for humans to save elephants, the U.N.’s chief conservation officer, Jane Campbell, said during a meeting in Hong Kong on Wednesday with experts and conservation organizations.

The ivory trade is “a problem that requires global cooperation to address,” she said.

The global ivory trade is worth $40 billion a year. A total of 2,300 elephants are killed each y바카라ear for their tusks, according to research published by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) last month.

The illegal trade in ivory began in 2007, when Chi바카라nese poachers poached over 11,000 African elephants, according to the U.S.-based research group IFAW. The trade peaked in 2009, according to U.N. figures.

After Beijing banned all exports of ivory in 2010 and 2012, the ivory trade has surged in China, where ivory is thought to be the source of Asian tiger tiger, cheetah, pachyderm, mountain goat and deer skins.

The ivory trade is often illegal, even though most countries prohibit the trade due to moral, envi바카라ronmental, social, religious or cultural sensitivities and other reasons.