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Mammoths could become a protected species to curb laundering of elephant tusks


The woolly mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius
The woolly mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius Credit: David Fleetham/Alamy

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21 August 2016 4:55am

Despite being extinct for 4,000 years, woolly mammoths could get legal protection.

The move would be made under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), the Sunday Times reported.
Mexican archaeologist Luis Cordoba works on parts of a skeleton of a mammoth discovered in December 2015 in Tultepec
Mexican archaeologist Luis Cordoba works on parts of a skeleton of a mammoth discovered in December 2015 in Tultepec Credit: Hector Guerrero/AFP

This  follows the discovery of mammoth tusks in the Siberian tundra which have emerged as the permafrost has melted because of climate change.

It is estimated that as many as 150 million dead mammoths could lie underneath the tundra, providing a rich harvest in tusk ivory.

Mammoth ivory was seen as an ethical alternative to that derived from elephants.

Currently trading in mammoth ivory is legal but dealing in elephant ivory is not.

Michelle Obama was photographed wearing a mammoth ivory necklace, a move which led to her coming under attack from some conservationists.

They warned that poachers were passing off elephant tusk ivory as having been derived from mammoths to get around existing restrictions.

Moves to bring the laws governing mammoth tusks into line with elephants will be discussed at the Cites conference in South Africa next month.
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The woolly mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius Credit: David Fleetham/Alamy
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Mammoths went extinct thousands of years ago. Image Credit: CC BY 2.5 Public Library of Science
Mammoths could be granted a special protected status to stop their tusks being used as an ivory source.
It is generally well established that hunting down elephants for their ivory is illegal, but did you know that digging up woolly mammoths from the tundra and harvesting their tusks is not ?

There is a surprisingly large quantity of dead mammoths lying under the permafrost - up to 150 million of them according to recent estimates - more than enough to keep the ivory trade going.

No legal restrictions currently exist for the trading of mammoth ivory and for years it has been seen as an ethical alternative to elephant ivory given that mammoths went extinct several millennia ago.

All this could soon be set to change however as authorities are planning to assign the woolly mammoth a protected status which would make trading in mammoth ivory illegal.

The move is aimed at providing additional protection to elephants as some poachers have been passing off elephant ivory as mammoth ivory in an effort to cheat the system.

With mammoth ivory outlawed as well it could help to shut down elephant poachers for good.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2016, 07:57:19 pm »

 I think. They mention 150 million mammoths that can be harvested.   Average trunk is 100 lbs.    Two trunks per.   30 billion lbs of ivory.   Until China gets on board with banning the use of ivory, mammoth tusks will continue to be traded.
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