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Дело о ликвидации слоновой кости

ЙОХАННЕСБУРГ – Кения собирается уничтожить весь свой запас слоновой кости. Более 100 метрических тонн “белого золота” – как незаконно добытого (конфискованного у браконьеров или торговцев), так и полученного естественным путем (вследствие естественной смерти) – в эти выходные превратятся в дым. В Китае – где потребляется или складируется большая часть мирового запаса слоновой кости – по последним данным, цена составляет $1100 за килограмм, в результате общая стоимость материала, подлежащего сжиганию, составляет примерно $110 млн.

Для большинства экономистов, сама идея уничтожения чего-либо, имеющего такую высокую ценность, является анафемой. Но даже у такой бедной страны как Кения, есть веские основания для того, чтобы предать свое богатство слоновой кости огню.

Во-первых, ликвидация запасов укрепляет доверие к кампании по сокращению спроса в странах Восточной Азии, без которого проблема браконьерства никогда не будет решена. Сокращение спроса ставит своей целью ослабить рынок для этого продукта, путем изменения потребительских вкусов. Так с падением цен, у браконьеров падает стимул для убийства слонов.

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