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I've just had a random brainwave on how the act of hunting animals for various parts (ivory, rhino horn, tiger testicles etc.) could be prevented, and possibly stopped forever...

The business of killing certain animals for these materials arises due to the initial demand. Their rarity and/or inaccessibility gives these items incredibly high values, for example the 2011 value for a tiger's penis was around $6000 [factsanddetails.com/china.php?… in any way a reliable source, but meh :P). Certainly a valuable enough business incentive for hunters to brave long hours finding and killing these animals, and the dangers of law enforcement.

Taking inspiration from how filesharing diminishes the profits of software and media distributors; as products become more common and easily accessible, their value or "potential value" and profit gained approaches zero. The income of digital distributors is harmed by their products having such a large potential to multiply and the relative ease of redistribution.

So, to destroy or harm an industry; the most effective way is to decrease the value of its products; the animal bits themselves. If suddenly the black market was flooded with realistic fake ivory, rhino horns, tiger bollocks, and other valuable prizes; readily available but selling at the same market value, with a sufficient appearance of legitimacy to attract buyers.
Sure the knowledge of the existence of forgeries would spread, BUT mistrust in sellers would have the same effect as mistrust in the products of corporations.  

Making a product easily available diminishes its value and with the consumer mistrust in supply, demand might fall considerably, rendering the product worthless. Suddenly not enough money is made to fund expeditions to kill elephants etc. en masse, and thus poaching is now an unprofitable business venture.

~Discuss!... and quite possibly point out the fundamental flaws in this solution. ^^;
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PWRof3D Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Hey! Saw you stop by my page :)


How's it been?

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Kelenkenwithfangs Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Having a bit of a rough time mentally; manifesting itself mainly in a fear of communication. ^^; Just haven't been able to be my usual commenting self. :(

Thanks for taking the time to ask by the way. ^^ I'm still a big fan of your work. :)

I hear you've been going through a rough patch yourself, with your operation amongst other stressful things. I have been following your journals with concern; hope everything is progressing forwards nicely for you?


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PWRof3D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I know the feeling, Im not in the same commenting mood as before either.

But its good to hear you're still around :meow:


I think the effects of surgery have passed. I still have trouble with food occasionally, and I haven't gained back much weight, but I certainly feel better. Right now Im having troubles with both money and self esteem. The drive to make art for the other account has dwindled to nothing, and that seems to be pulling me down everywhere else.

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RaeThalis Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Pounces and hugs*


I saw that favorite you gave me :D
YOU ARE ALIIIIIIIVE  :icondragonlick:
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Dragon-Girl155 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! I hope you have an awesome day! ^^
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DracheHoly Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks 4 faving my re-uploads..:-)
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Kelenkenwithfangs Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
You're very welcome! :)

Your art is so fascinating!
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DracheHoly Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
many thanks.... im glad :-)

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DracheHoly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Wojak1991 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for faving my desert dragon ;)
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Kelenkenwithfangs Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
You're very welcome! ^^p

It is awesome. :meow:
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Azul-din Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Thanks for the fav
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Kelenkenwithfangs Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
You're very welcome. :)
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cmeeren Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for fav on snake! =D
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Kelenkenwithfangs Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
You are very welcome! Great pic. :)
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cmeeren Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for fav on python regius revisited! =D
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Kelenkenwithfangs Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
You're welcome. I thought it was a stunning picture; haven't seen another like it. :)
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LieutenantHawk Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey, thanks for the fav! I appreciate it.
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Kelenkenwithfangs Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
You are very welcome. :)
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the fave on my Mamba. What was it you liked about him?
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Kelenkenwithfangs Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
You're welcome. ^^p

The colour-scheme and tail-feathers are what I loved the most. :) Also peregrines! :heart:
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you liked his tail. That was the hardest thing about him. Yes they are cool falcons.
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TheIngenProject Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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Kelenkenwithfangs Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
You're most welcome.

I've seen that picture before around the place, I'm glad I can now show some appreciation to the person who actually took it. :)
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TheIngenProject Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Artist
Yepp I have seen it posted on a lot of different places. Thanks.
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