19 Jun '15, 6pm

Ivory Crush pulverizes 1 ton of confiscated ivory in Times Square to send message to poachers

Wildlife advocates, government officials and activists gathered in Times Square this morning to witness the destruction of over one ton of confiscated ivory to send a message to elephant poachers and ivory traffickers that such crimes will not be tolerated by the United States. The "Ivory Crush " event, organized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service , also sought to educate consumers and urge them to boycott products made with ivory. Hundreds watched as ivory tusks, statues and other trinkets were loaded into an industrial rock crusher and pulverized. The symbolic ceremony comes on the heels of China's announcement several weeks ago about its intentions to wipe out its domestic ivory trade. China is currently home to the world's largest ivory market while the United States is second on the list.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/ivory-crush-pulverizes-one-ton-o...

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