This is exactly the conversation I was having with my wife yesterday about this. I don't know how much it costs to go to Africa to hunt for elephants, lions, or other African big game, but with white tail leases in TX going for $15,000, I assume someone can easily spend north of $30,000 USD on an African hunt. With that stupid ban, there are a lot of people in Africa that are going to be hurting, as the most logical outcome is exactly what Greg says, poachers are going to kill the animals to sell the ivory but the rest of the animal will benefit no one and the funds from licenses, lodging, food, services, etc. will never go to those communities that desperately need it.
I keep on hearing about the horrors of trophy hunting, and although I have never hunted for trophies nor ever will, I am sick about people telling me about the "poor animals" being killed for sport and it's those same idiots that keep on supporting and pushing for more abortion, which kills a human being. So when these liberal idiots can stand next to me and denounce the senseless killing of our most innocent and defenseless, then I'll give more of a crap about the animals.