Would ivory harvested from already-dead elephants be in any way inferior to ivory taken from a healthy elephant killed for harvesting?

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Mudassir Ali 9 months 1 Answer 166 views

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  1. A freshly-dead elephant (say a day or so) would yield ivory which is identical to ivory poached by murdering the elephant.

    A hot, dry climate in direct sunshine would make the outer surface of the ivory dessicate and begin to crumble. But the interior would still be ok for some weeks to months probably.

    There is a (legal) trade in ivory taken from mammoths frozen in permafrost for thousands of years. This ivory is of sufficient quality that it can be used for carving and other uses.

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