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#24 - Roxanne: To protect declining elephant herds from

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Strengthen-PR. The correct answer choice is (E)

Since the demand for antique ivory exceeds the supply, Salvador asserts that people looking to buy antique ivory often choose to buy new ivory instead and thus inadvertently encourage poachers to obtain more new ivory. To lower the demand for new ivory, Salvador urges those who care about endangered species to refrain from buying any ivory at all. In other words, he asks that we perform an action that will mitigate the undesirable consequences of actions performed by other, less concerned parties. If established, such a principle would considerably strengthen the course of action endorsed by Salvador. Answer choice (E) is therefore correct.

Answer choice (A): Disseminating knowledge has nothing to do with the course of action recommended. This answer choice is incorrect.

Answer choice (B): While this principle starts off in the right direction, Salvador’s recommendation does not depend on the availability of acceptable substitutes for ivory.

Answer choice (C): Salvador’s main point is that people should refrain from buying any ivory at all, regardless of whether it is new or antique. This principle might be helpful in supporting Roxanne’s position, but it certainly goes against the course of action endorsed by Salvador.

Answer choice (D): While this principle starts off in the right direction, Salvador’s recommendation does not depend on the ivory trade workers’ agreement to such a restraint.

Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer choice. See discussion above.
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Hi!

For No.24, why (B) is not true?

Thanks!
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Hello, GLMDYP,

B would totally undermine Salvador's position. If Salvador accepted B, then he would be asserting that people who wish to buy ivory but are concerned about elephants should refrain from buying new ivory, but only if an acceptable substitute (such as antique ivory) is available. Salvador does not wish new ivory to be bought at all, not merely as a last resort.

Hope that helps,
Lucas Moreau
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