The letter in ATG No 2353 on the ivory petition.

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That doesn’t change the fact that the legislation is absurdly flawed in every way.

I’m afraid that the current state of democracy gives equal weight to emotive fools as it does to those whose livelihoods and historic collections will be affected.

If one considers that the current colonial power that holds most sway in Africa is China, it is hardly surprising that elephants and rhinos are becoming ever more endangered.

I am tired of hearing about industry meetings and bleatings to an audience who have no understanding of the reality.

Perhaps a little high-level diplomacy would be more in order.

Nick Silver