This is worst than the illegal drugs trade. At least a drug addict makes his/her own decision whether or not to take drugs. Elephants do not have any say so concerning the sell of their ivory. The most horrific consequences occurs when the Elephant is slaughtered for its ivory.
Whenever the drug addicts decides to become drug free, the drug smuggling will cease. So shall it be with the countries that purchase illegal elephant ivory. When those that buy illegal ivory stop pursuing poacher's for the purchase of an elephant's ivory, the elephant Problem will be Solved!!!