Letter: Destruction of elephant tusks

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, a local Maasai tribesman places his hand on the tusk of a tranquilized wild elephant during an elephant-collaring operation near Kajiado, in southern Kenya. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) is marking the U.N.'s first ever World Wildlife Day Monday, March 3, 2014 to raise awareness about an illicit global trade in illegal timber, elephant ivory and rhino horns worth an estimated $19 billion. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File) Photo Credit: AP

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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


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