There's a lot of money in ivory trade. At the same time there is a ban on the buying and selling of ivory. This is because especially threatened with extinction, the elephant was made because many poachers hunt for the beast. Nowadays the situation has somewhat improved. Ivory items are allowed to be sold as the ivory for the year 1900. African countries have also sometimes allowed to sell their ivory stocks. Read all about it in this article.
An international ban on the sale of ivory. Ivory hard white material that comes from the tusks of various land animals. It may involve the hippo, elephant or mammoth. Even sea creatures like the narwhal and walrus have tusks of ivory. The teeth may know one hundred kilograms. Most ivory comes from southern Africa. Ivory has long been used. Already in the 14th century there were figurines made of. In the 20th century, ivory was used primarily in the crafts. Also were made billiard balls and piano keys. Nowadays many ivory shipped to Asia. Since the ivory will be merged into works of art that eventually find their way to the West, mostly through tourists.
To get the ivory but there were very many elephants slaughtered. This ran so high in order that the elephant was threatened with extinction. This led to ban the sale and purchase of elephants. With few exceptions, no objects of ivory be sold. The exceptions include the piano before 1900 who has ivory keys. Also, furniture and other wooden objects for the year 1900 with ivory inlay may be sold. These objects must then be provided with a declaration of a true antique expert who confirmed that it objects is made for 1900. A seller or buyer is an offense if he can not show such a statement. His objects are confiscated and he may be persecuted themselves. This is dependent on the amount of ivory which is in his possession.
In the sixties and seventies there were many poachers in Africa who hunted the elephants. Namely they could earn much money from the sale of ivory, while there was almost barely control. The probability of detection was nil. therefore the number of elephants in Africa fell from one hundred fifty thousand to twenty thousand. Only in the seventies and eighties was a good job made by the approach of the poachers. Good wait park was set up and could be dealt with the gangs poachers. This had a deterrent effect and the elephant population in Africa began to grow again. However, it remains an ongoing struggle, because in the year 2010 for example, there was again a serious increase in the number of elephants killed by poachers in South Africa.
The different countries in Southern Africa still try occasionally to sell ivory. That's because much ivory is worth it and they get their hands on. It may involve ivory originating from deceased elephants or hippos. Also, there can be ivory confiscated from poachers. From various Asian countries, there is great demand for copper. The countries in Southern Africa have joined forces in the SADC and lobbying at the United Nations when they want to sell ivory. Namely the United Nations oversees the enforcement of the sales ban, but can also give exemption. She does that every now and then.