Thursday, November 21, 2013
Over the last 20 years the U.S. has acquired six tons of ivory through its efforts to stop trafficking. Questions arose about what the government should do with this cache. Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services reached a final decision--it crushed the ivory into smithereens. The point of this exercise: "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," reads a statement on the FWS website.