In the past, ivory from poached elephants has found its way into the market and even now there is really no mechanism in the supplying or receiving countries to deal with the problem.
It is true that the ban has not altogether stopped poaching and the illegal trade, but lifting it will only fuel them. The ban on sight of any ivory transaction creates no doubt in anybody's mind that it is illegal. Without it poachers and their friends can cover their tracks.
The attempt to lift the ban would have been a little more convincing if Africa's elephant population were rising rapidly rather than the present situation of low but stable numbers.
Maintain the ban and save the elephant for posterity.
Kenya High Commission
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