A Mammoth of a Problem—Effectively Regulating the Russian Mammoth Tusk Ivory Trade

A Mammoth of a Problem—Effectively Regulating the Russian Mammoth Tusk Ivory Trade

By: Evan Bonnstetter.

While mammoth tusks have been collected from Russia for decades now, new techniques pose grave consequences for the environment. Attempts by local authorities to regulate the removal of tusks have been unsuccessful, and while the federal government possesses primary authority it has left this practice largely unregulated. While the removal and sale of mammoth tusks promises great financial reward, regulation is necessary to mitigate the negative effects. The federal government must either regulate this area itself, or enable local authorities to do so.

Image credit: Midmar - Miskolc TDM available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mocsarciprus_04.JPG

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