The slaughter of Elephants for Ivory is one of the most heated debates in conservation circles today, with two opposing points of view. The solution lies somewhere in between.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) approves the export of elephant ivory from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa every so often. Seen as the only countries where the elephant populations are growing many however see the permission to sell as misguided.
The decision allows for the controlled sale of ivory. It is a decision that is always met with outrage in some quarters as there are parties who claim that the renewal of the ivory trade will cause elephant poaching to increase. These parties fail to understand the problem of elephant overpopulation endangering the southern African parks and reserves and the fact that elephant poaching went underground after the ban on ivory sales was put into place - there was no let up in the poaching.