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US to Destroy 6 Tons of Ivory This Week


Environment  (tags: animals, conservation, elephants, Ivory, law, poachers )

Kit
- 403 days ago - livescience.com
n a first, U.S. officials are going to destroy their massive stockpile of illegal ivory this week, hoping to send a zero-tolerance message to elephant poachers.



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 8:08 am
Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


In a first, U.S. officials are going to destroy their massive stockpile of illegal ivory this week, hoping to send a zero-tolerance message to elephant poachers.

On Thursday (Nov. 14), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will pulverize nearly 6 tons (5.4 tonnes) of illegal ivory items, from whole tusks to tiny trinkets, which have been seized over the past 25 years as a result of smuggling busts and criminal investigations.

The ivory crush will take place at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo., just outside of Denver.





















A box of ivory carvings headed for destruction as the United States plans to crush its stockpile of illegal ivory.
Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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In a first, U.S. officials are going to destroy their massive stockpile of illegal ivory this week, hoping to send a zero-tolerance message to elephant poachers.

On Thursday (Nov. 14), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will pulverize nearly 6 tons (5.4 tonnes) of illegal ivory items, from whole tusks to tiny trinkets, which have been seized over the past 25 years as a result of smuggling busts and criminal investigations.

The ivory crush will take place at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo., just outside of Denver.







Seized ivory is typically kept as evidence until criminal cases are over. After that, the objects can be used to educate the public and train law enforcement officials. But FWS officials say that since the 1980s they have collected far more ivory than they need to fulfill those purposes. Thursday's event will mark the first time such a large amount of ivory is being destroyed in the United States.

"Destroying this ivory tells criminals who engage in poaching and trafficking that the United States will take all available measures to disrupt and prosecute those who prey on and profit from the deaths of these magnificent animals," FWS officials said in a fact sheet.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) banned the international ivory trade in 1989. But a CITES report published last year found that elephant poaching was at its highest level in a decade and rising.

FWS officials say they are working with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to develop "a creative and informative use" of the crushed ivory, with a goal to educate the public about poaching.

The ivory crush was initially scheduled to take place in October, but it was postponed due to the government shutdown.
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By: Megan Gannon | Live Science |
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 8:15 am
I hope it sends a loud enough message to make a difference.
 

Sue Matheson (76)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 8:21 am
thanks
 

Nicole W. (644)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 10:23 am
ty dear Kit
 

Arielle S. (317)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 11:05 am
It is good they are using the ivory but I would so much rather they used the money and energy to capture all the poachers and put them in the bottom of the aquariums.
 

Dave C. (227)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 11:17 am
my heart palpates for the lives lost for all this ivory
 

Angelika R. (144)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 12:15 pm
I do not believe that CITES has ever done their job properly, this poaching should have been curtailed or stopped long ago. And many govts. are just as guilty.
 

Yvonne White (233)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 1:16 pm
Couldn't they destroy poachers instead? Seems like a better use of drones than the usual bombing of family gatherings..;)
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 1:59 pm
About time to make sure none makes their way to black market...possibly some already has. This should have been done a long time ago. Kind of surprised that no GOPTP has tried t stop it...
 

Anne F. (17)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 4:18 pm
This is a significant action. Thanks for posting.
 

Natasha Salgado (576)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 4:37 pm
GOOOOOD...but it can never bring back these beautiful animals. Thx Kit
 

Robert S. (115)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 4:38 pm
I'm not normal for burning art, but this is a splendid exception. Burn it, crush it, save our noble elephants before its too late.
 

Beverly T. (82)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 4:38 pm
For me in a pessimistic mood...it just means more will be killed because it is now even more rare. What I can not understand is how the buyers of these items can be so cruel and heartless. We no longer live in the "well I didn't know" world. EVERYONE who deals/buys ivory KNOWS !!!!! Stop killing for ivory fools !!!!!!
 

Robert S. (115)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 4:40 pm
Normally...LOL. Well I'm not, but that's another story. :)
 

Roxy H. (334)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 4:49 pm
I agree with the flower child above Gma :) .. kind of worried something is going to go wrong here... I think this is a great plan.. crossing fingers
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 4:58 pm
Thank you for the wonderful news, but there is still an ivory market in China. We have to protect these beautiful beings.
 

Gabriela Baldaia (103)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 5:26 pm
How I wish this could help ....
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (281)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 5:32 pm
will this ever stop
 

Frances Darcy (225)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 5:51 pm
Way to go.
 

Rhonda W. (379)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 5:57 pm
I sure hope this works. Noted
 

Andrea W. (39)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 6:22 pm
Good message to send.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 6:56 pm

I think we all can remember when the idea of Ivory being bought and sold was about as acceptable as wearing dead animals for show. We need to have one very strict law observed by all nations. Both the buyers and the poachers should be held accountable.
 

Nyack Clancy (452)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 7:17 pm
Good. Selling ivory is exactly what caused them to be murdered in the first place.

Stop the cash flow that comes from chopping an animal's face off to steal it's teeth.(tusks)
 

Nyack Clancy (452)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 7:19 pm
Sorry John Wesson- I dont agree with your logic-

Otherwise, we would sell slaves to support the end of slavery.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 8:18 pm

I can't agree with that either. The more Ivory is sold the more poachers will hunt down elephants.
 

Kathy Chadwell (365)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 11:51 pm
As usual too little too late.
Western Black Rhinos Officially Extinct
I understand they can now shoot the poachers. It is about time. These animals are endangered while the damn poachers are a dime a dozen. Yes I have had enough.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 12:49 am
Need to do something about poverty to stop poaching.

Also need to halt the demand for ivory.
 

Franshisca Dearmas (91)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 1:18 am
I agreed with Nyack Clancy. TY Kit
 

Dmitry Nikiforov (236)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 1:21 am
Thanks, Kit!
 

Wonder Girl (0)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 1:57 pm
Absolutely, we need to finish off these poachers!
 

James Travers (49)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 10:59 pm
"The more Ivory is sold the more poachers will hunt down elephants."
I'm sorry Kit but you're wrong about this. It was a travesty. Releasing this ivory to the public, and the tons more that has been confiscated would have lowered the price on the black market and hit these vile poachers in the only place they would understand. In the wallet. It would have reduced the price and made this crime much less lucrative. Instead it will raise the value of ivory and make it more attractive.
Not to mention it was completely disrespectful of the sacrifice of a noble and sentient being.
 

James Travers (49)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 11:16 pm
Watch and learn. This action will double the cost of ivory and could very well lead to the extinction of the Elephant.
 

Kathy Chadwell (365)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 1:05 am
If they release the ivory then the ban on ivory would stand for nothing. Not to mention they can not be caught selling nor buying ivory now,, if they allowed this,, HOW WOULD THEY BE ABLE TO TELL IF IT IS LEGAL or Illegal? They would not be able to, therefore making the ban nil. I strongly agree with Kit
 
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