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Response - Ivory crisis
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-22, 03:58 authored by Biggs, D, Smith, RJ, Vanessa AdamsVanessa Adams, Brink, H, Cook, CN, Cooney, R, Holden, MH, Maron, M, Phelps, J, Possingham, HP, Redford, KH, Scholes, RJ, Sutherland, WJ, Underwood, FM, Milner-Gulland, EJ
Sekar et al. argue that there is unequivocal evidence that ivory trade bans are necessary for conserving elephants, and that a growing consensus removes the need to consider or incorporate alternative values in this debate. In doing so, they overlook relevant literature [e.g., (1–3)] and do not account for marginalized voices from key range states (4). Their response illustrates why the current impasse is unlikely to be resolved without a new structured process, underpinned by recognition that interpretation of scientific information on both sides of any contentious debate is influenced by values (5, 6).
Department/SchoolSchool of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
PublisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
Place of publicationUnited States