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# If the ivory trade continues, experts believe, the elephant

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22 Oct 2010, 08:44
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If the ivory trade continues, experts believe, the elephant will soon become extinct in Africa, because poaching is rife in many areas. A total ban on ivory trading would probably prevent the extinction. However, the country of Zimbabwe—which has virtually eliminated poaching within its borders and which relies on income from carefully culling elephant herds that threaten to become too big—objects to such a ban. Zimbabwe holds that the problem lies not with the ivory trade but with the conservation policies of other countries.
Which one of the following principles forms a logical basis for Zimbabwe’s objection to a ban?
(A) International measures to correct a problem should not adversely affect countries that are not responsible for the problem.
(B) Freedom of trade is not a right but a consequence of agreements among nations.
(C) Respecting a country’s sovereignty is more important than preventing the extinction of a species.
(D) Prohibitions affecting several countries should be enforced by a supranational agency.
(E) Effective conservation cannot be achieved without eliminating poaching.
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22 Oct 2010, 11:40
I think its A.

The cause of the extinction problem is poaching. Zimbabwe has virtually eliminated poaching. Its not responsible.
Ban should not adversely affect Zim.
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22 Oct 2010, 11:52
i too agree with A as the international measure for one country where poaching is practiced makes sense but not to a country where poaching is eliminated ..
poaching is responsible for extinction

countries where poching is not there, extinction will not take place. so let the ivory trade continues
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22 Oct 2010, 12:24
I too will go with [A]. OA please....
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23 Oct 2010, 07:19
A. because all other options are irrelevant.

whats OA
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23 Oct 2010, 07:39
Would go with A here...as others seem irrelevant
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23 Oct 2010, 23:42
A

C, D & E are easily eliminated.

I had to go back and forth between A and B, but I couldn't make any connection B and Zimb's basis for the argument. A seemed to be most relevant answer.
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25 Oct 2010, 14:18
E. Since, Zimbabwe achieved success on conserving elephants by a ban on poaching and not by a ban on ivory trade, its statement would be applicable to other nations only if, generally speaking, effective conservatism (in this context: conservation of elephants, while controlling their populations as well) can be achieved by eliminating poaching.
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