(New Scientist) The US Fish and Wildlife Service is crushing 6 tonnes of illegal ivory this week in a bid to deter traffickers – biologist Richard Ruggiero explainss
What is the purpose of the ivory crush?
Increasing demand for ivory is driving uncontrolled elephant poaching. We intend to crush about 25 years’ worth of ivory, confiscated by our law enforcement agents. By destroying it in this public way, we’re sending a clear message to criminals who engage in trafficking and poaching that the US government takes the issue of illegal ivory trade very seriously.