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

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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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19 Nov 2018, 04:00
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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.

A & E seem to be close options.. E stands out for me.
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28 Nov 2018, 06:58
(E) can't be the assumption that Zimbabwe's position based on, because it is unclear from the question what does a conservative policy entails, for instance it could actually entail eliminating poaching but does not entail a possibility for traders to carefully cull elephant herds that threaten to become too big as Zimbabwe does. So answer is (A)
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28 Nov 2018, 09:34
Hey Experts

Any advice, why A is correct.

Frankly, the options were very difficult for me to interpret wrt. passage.

Please can you clarify the option A and how it strengthens the passage.

Thanks
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