Science reports that CITES has allowed two one-off controlled sales of tusks from poaching seizures and from elephants that died of natural causes. A wildlife biologist who was a director of the Kenya Wildlife Service has this to say:
These two sales will put a huge amount of ivory into the Japanese market, igniting a high demand for ivory, which the legal market will be unable to sustain. That means more poaching.Economic common sense tells us the opposite. The sales will make tusks cheaper. That means less poaching.