This article, published by BBC News, reports how Hong Kong is planning on destroying 28 tones of seized ivory. Seizing the ivory has two outcomes: One, is that because the government is cracking down on ivory trade, the poachers will think the job too difficult and move onto a different source of income (hopefully something more humane). Second, because ivory is becoming more scarce due to the seizing, the price increases, motivating the poachers to kill even more.
Although it is important to control all aspects of the problem, I believe that the focus of the government should be aimed more at the root of the problem, which is stopping the poachers of actually killing the animals. Seizing the ivory and destroying it means that the animal is already dead.
discusses how experts around the world are realizing the extent of the problem and are holding meetings in London to find a solution. A video campaign is also being released to build awareness to the public. The article then reports shocking statistics about the wildlife that is left. “In South Africa, in 2007, 13 rhinos were killed for their horns, but in 2013, 1,004 rhinos were slaughtered by poachers” (Morelle, 2013). I am hopeful that the building of awareness will create further action to prevent animal poaching in the future. As I said earlier, I believe that the real solution to the problem is to stop the poachers before they kill, not after, and this article shows that the first steps are being taken using this approach.