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Photos of the Day: Massive ivory crush intended to raise awareness of elephant poaching

Photos of the Day: Massive ivory crush intended to raise awareness of elephant poaching
Photo by Nate Hemmert

The items were collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a span of 25 years, and for Azzedine Downes, president and Chief Executive Officer of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the decision to pulverize them in a well-publicized display that made headlines across the country and the world was an important one.

Downes issued a statement that reads, "The U.S. government's movement to destroy nearly six tons of African and Asian elephant ivory conveys a powerful message about the urgent need to end illegal trafficking of parts of already imperiled species. The U.S. refuses to tolerate the toll ivory trafficking is taking on elephant populations, as well as the other threats to global and national security that arise in connection with wildlife crime. IFAW applauds this symbolic action and hopes that the next development toward ending the illegal ivory trade will be a full ivory moratorium in the U.S."

Photos of the Day: Massive ivory crush intended to raise awareness of elephant poaching
Photo by Nate Hemmert

Continue to see more photos of yesterday's ivory crush.  

Photos of the Day: Massive ivory crush intended to raise awareness of elephant poaching
Photo by Nate Hemmert
Photos of the Day: Massive ivory crush intended to raise awareness of elephant poaching
Photo by Nate Hemmert
Photos of the Day: Massive ivory crush intended to raise awareness of elephant poaching
Photo by Nate Hemmert

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