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help with poaching problems

Hello~
I was beyond horrified at the recent elephant slaughters in Africa and how ivory is seen as a status symbol in Asia. Perhaps the help of someone like Jackie Chan and other Asian celebrities raising awareness could help spread the word that owning ivory should be a source of shame instead.
Thank you for all that you do. Earlier this year I made albeit a small donation to the WWF.
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  • Thank for taking the time to write in, Anke. We appreciate your words of encouragement and suggestions. WWF often does call upon its more well-known supporters to help spread the word to the broader community. WWF-China may consider this tool in it's fight to reduce the ivory trade.

    Thanks for your contributions!
    Cheryl
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  • Would it be feasible to tranquilize the elephants that have the long desirable tusks that the poachers want and cut the tusks off before the poachers get to them?
    Then the ivory tusks can be sold legally to make money to help save the elephants from future poaching. Obviously this could be done to rhinos as well.
    I'm not an expert in this field so don't know if I am missing something, but this might help solve or at least drastically reduce elephant and rhino slaughter.

    If this is possible, it would be a win-win situation for everyone.
    1. The elephants won't get killed by poachers since they won't have their tusk anymore. Until it grows back. I'm assuming they grow back and if it does, just tranquilize them again and repeat the process.
    2. Conservation groups can raise money for their organization by legal selling of the ivory
    3. The people buying ivory on the black market can now buy it legally
    4. Poaching would probably reduced drastically since no tusk or fewer to harvest
    5. Plus I've heard a recent story about governments allowing kill of poachers poachers if they spot them, so this might solve that issue as well

    It sounds too easy of a solution. Why has it not been thought of before? Am I missing something?

    If this idea is feasible, how do we get it to the people who can actually implement it?
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