31 Jul '17, 2pm

NY Ivory Crush Memorializes Death of More Than 100 Elephants

NY Ivory Crush Memorializes Death of More Than 100 Elephants

This week, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) will destroy nearly two tons of ivory tusks, statues, and jewelry, with a value of over $8 million dollars. As the poaching crisis continues, elephants desperately need the worldwide attention such an event garners. With some scientists predicting African forest elephants could be extinct within less than a decade and African savanna elephant populations declining by 30% between 2007-2014 , the situation remains dire for these magnificent creatures. The ivory that will be destroyed was confiscated as a result of the New York ivory ban law, which NRDC helped pass in 2014 . The Crush – organized in partnership with NRDC, WCS and other conservation organizations – signals our nation’s commitment to ending the global poaching crisis. In addition to their symbolic purposes, there are other compelling rea...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/elly-pepper/ny-ivory-crush-m...

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