Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
A Look Back at the U.S. Ivory Crush

January 14, 2014

Robert Segin
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Poster graphic for the Ivory Crush event.

In order to send a clear message to poachers and traffickers that the United States will not tolerate their crimes and the toll they are taking on elephant populations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to destroy its stockpile of seized elephant ivory. The date was set for November 14, 2013 at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge – an urban refuge managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The first step towards crushing illegal wildlife trade would be crushing illegal ivory. Credit: World Wildlife Fund

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed some six tons of elephant ivory seized over the years by its special agents and wildlife inspectors in connection with violations of U.S. wildlife laws and treaties.

More than 30,000 elephants are killed each year for the illegal ivory trade. Elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades and it continues to rise. These animals are being slaughtered across Africa to meet an insatiable global demand for ivory.

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