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Dead Elephants And Fake Rolex

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Two stories in the news recently -one about the problem of fake branded goods destroying the profits of the manufacturers and the other about the return of the ivory trade.

Why don't the conservation lobby set up a fake ivory operation and take down the market by flooding it with fake products? Attack the demand by undermining confidence in the market, rather than chasing the suppliers around the bush.

I doubt it would be that hard to produce fake ivory goods that would be hard enough to tell from real to totaly screw up the trade- event the knowlege that this was being done on a big scale would be enough to damage the market.

Of course it's hard to be all moral and superior while running a counterfiet goods operation, and a few dead elephants might be a price worth paying for that conservationist lifestyle, who knows?

It just seems odd to me that they focus on the suppy rather than on disrupting the demand.

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Two stories in the news recently -one about the problem of fake branded goods destroying the profits of the manufacturers and the other about the return of the ivory trade.

Why don't the conservation lobby set up a fake ivory operation and take down the market by flooding it with fake products? Attack the demand by undermining confidence in the market, rather than chasing the suppliers around the bush.

I doubt it would be that hard to produce fake ivory goods that would be hard enough to tell from real to totaly screw up the trade- event the knowlege that this was being done on a big scale would be enough to damage the market.

Of course it's hard to be all moral and superior while running a counterfiet goods operation, and a few dead elephants might be a price worth paying for that conservationist lifestyle, who knows?

It just seems odd to me that they focus on the suppy rather than on disrupting the demand.

Or, alternatively, why not just do the sensible thing and farm ivory commercially via sport hunting? Not unsurprisingly, the places in Africa which allow this do not have shortages of Elephants due to poaching. Notably, these places do not have poaching to any great degree because an Elephant which can be commercially hunted is worth more than one poached for illegal Ivory.

Most places have an Ivory and hunting ban in place because they have caved to the lefty, greeny types who constantly try to dictate other peoples morals for them. It's hardly surprising that poor Africans decide to poach endangered animals when the alternative is is starvation, made worse by the fact the Elephants ruin their crops.

What the greenys also conveniently miss is that Dollar for dollar, commercial hunting is far more environmentally friendly because you have far fewer people treking to the far reaches of the globe thus reducing traveling pollution and fewer people stomping all over Africa damaging stuff. A person going to Africa to hunt will pay anywhere from three or four times, up to tens of times more than some pseudo-green going on a photographic holiday.

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