Zimbabwe dictator President Robert Mugabe is effectively encouraging poachers to decimate the elephant population ["A risk to African elephants," News, April 21].
However, it would have been much more humane to flood the market with the tons of ivory, instead of steamrolling the tusks in a destruction ceremony. This would have reduced the black market value of ivory from $1,500 per pound and lessened the incentive to poach.
The God-given balance of nature is a forgotten priority.
Sal Rizzo, Ridge