Position papers: each student will write position papers – 3-5 pages in length – during the semester. The topics will be assigned by the instructor. Each assignment will include a percentage of the grade devoted toward writing style. All papers must include properly documented references to all source material. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade on the assignment.
. Horn Trade Legalization
International trade in elephant ivory has been banned by CITES since 1990 with the exception of two sales held by the governments of elephant range states in 1999 and 2008. At a recent conference it was stated: “‘We meet at a time when the illegal killing and illegal trade in African elephants and rhinoceros have reached the highest levels in over a decade,” John Scanlon told a gathering of those who govern international trade in protected wildlife on behalf of 175 governments.”
Furthermore: “This week the Standing Committee will consider a new report examining a possible mechanism for a future legal international trade in ivory that proposes the creation of an ivory sales body, the Central Ivory Selling Organisation, modeled after the De Beers diamond cartel.”
Students with a randomly assigned number of 1 will write in favor of continuing the ban on the trade of animal horns. Students with a number 2 will write of discontinuing the ban on the trade of animal horns. My number is _____