NYC Crushes $8 Million in Confiscated Ivory in Central Park to Show Ivory Ban is Here to Stay

Posted by on August 4, 2017 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
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New York City’s Ivory Crush. NRDC

By Lorraine Chow | EcoWatch

Nearly two tons of ivory was destroyed by a rock crusher in New York City’s Central Park on Thursday, marking the state’s efforts to stop the illegal ivory trade.

he statues, trinkets and jewelry represented the tusks of at least 100 slaughtered elephants and held a reported market value of more than $8 million dollars.

“These crushes raise awareness,” John Calvelli, a spokesman for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which runs the city’s zoos, told New York Daily News. “Crushing the ivory shows that the ivory has no value, so people can stop killing the elephants.”

The New York Daily News noted that there are only 400,000 African elephants left in the wild. If poaching continues at the same rate, experts predict that the species will be extinct by 2025.

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