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US Officials Crush 6 Tons of Ivory in Bid to End Illegal Trade

15 November 2013

Highlighting a pledge to crack down on the multibillion-dollar illicit global trade in wildlife, US authorities on Thursday pulverized 6 tons of seized ivory from thousands of elephants slaughtered by poachers for their prized tusks. A US official presiding over the event said the crushing of ivory to make it commercially worthless would send a message to poachers worldwide that the United States is serious about taking actions to curtail the illegal trade. “We need to end the demand for ivory,” Ashe said, adding that a growing affluent class in Asia, primarily in China, was behind a spike in demand for ivory and its products in recent years. —Reuters