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# Although part of the ivory available on world markets was ta

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Although part of the ivory available on world markets was ta [#permalink]  05 Sep 2019, 08:47
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Although part of the ivory available on world markets was taken from wild elephants that were killed illegally, some ivory is derived from sources that nearly all nations define as legal, such as elephants that have died natural deaths. The world's few remaining wild elephant herds, therefore, are not endangered when those buying ivory at wholesale make a serious effort to limit their purchases to such legal ivory.

The argument above depends on the assumption that

(A) wholesale buyers attempting to limit their purchases to legal ivory can reliably distinguish legal from illegal ivory
(B) the demand for products made from legal ivory will continue to grow in the near future
(C) there are currently fewer wholesale sources of legal ivory in the world than there are of illegal ivory
(D) wholesale buyers of ivory products are generally unaware of the reasons for the dwindling world supply of ivory
(E) a continued supply of legal ivory is ensured because elephants reproduce in captivity

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Re: Although part of the ivory available on world markets was ta [#permalink]  12 Sep 2019, 23:06
any explanations ?
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Re: Although part of the ivory available on world markets was ta [#permalink]  21 Jan 2020, 05:05
We need to see what the argument's conclusion (The world's few remaining wild elephant herds, therefore, are not endangered when those buying ivory at wholesale make a serious effort to limit their purchases to such legal ivory.) depends on.

A- Use negation. If wholesale buyers attempting to limit their purchases to legal ivory can NOT reliably distinguish legal from illegal ivory then the entire argument of the herds not being in danger falls apart.

B- Demand for legal ivory doesn't affect our conclusion of elephant herds.

C- Comparison of sources is out of scope of the argument.

D- The awarenesses of the wholesale buyer is not our prerogative.

E- Again doesn't affect our conclusion one bit.
Re: Although part of the ivory available on world markets was ta   [#permalink] 21 Jan 2020, 05:05
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