The ivory trade has made cruel and illegal poaching a career for many criminals. The African rhino is almost extinct because of it. There is no reason to legalize the trade of ivory tusks. There's no reason to murder elephants for tusks. Poaching is a crime that decimates animal populations and it is difficult to protect herds now even without allowing hunters to cut off tusks legally. China is moving forward into making ivory illegal; why would we take steps backwards by legalizing it?