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.

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The God-given balance of nature is a forgotten priority.

Sal Rizzo, Ridge