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Video column: Is there a viable solution to ivory poaching?

There were approximately 10 million elephants in Africa at the turn of the 20th century. Today, thanks to widespread poaching, that number has dropped to 500,000.

Katie Varvos

THERE WERE ABOUT 10 million elephants in Africa at the turn of the 20th century. Today, thanks to widespread poaching, that number has dropped to 500,000.

With 22,000 elephants killed in 2012 alone, the prospect of one of the largest animals on earth becoming extinct is real.

Here, Katie Varvos discusses the growing market for ivory tusks in middle-class China, common misunderstandings about poaching, and what a viable solution to the problem might be.



Uploaded by Katie Varvos

Katie Varvos is a Canadian-born, Dublin-based vlogger who created the ‘The Unemployed Graduate’- a show about current news and issues. She is a recent graduate, with a BA in Journalism and MPhil in International Relations from Trinity.

Each week she discusses a range of topics, asks for your opinions and gives away some pretty awesome prizes. Check out The Unemployed Graduate’s YouTube channeland Facebook page.

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