US Government destroys store of seized ivory

14. November 2013
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„some of the seized items that were slated for destruction in the ivory crush“. Credit: USFWS Mountain Prairie.

Denver, US (14 November, 2013) —The U.S. Government has publicly destroyed six tonnes of seized African and Asian elephant ivory that had accumulated following enforcement action in the country over the past 25 years. The ivory, which consisted of whole and carved tusks, smaller carvings and other objects, was crushed yesterday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver, Colorado. Federal agency representatives, range State ambassadors, congressional delegations, celebrities and journalists were invited to attend as observers.

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