U.S. pulverizes 6 tons of ivory to help save African elephants

11/15/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

In an effort to send a clear message to poachers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crushed approximately 6 tons of boxes, statues, jewelry and other items made of elephant ivory confiscated over the last 25 years. The Obama administration is seeking to strengthen worldwide efforts against poaching and wildlife trafficking. "Rising demand for ivory is fueling a renewed and horrific slaughter of elephants in Africa, threatening remaining populations across the continent," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said. It is illegal to import African elephant ivory.

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