News / USA

US Destroys Six Tons of Ivory

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers carry confiscated ivory to a crusher to be pulverized, at the National Wildlife Property Repository, at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in Commerce City, Colo., Nov. 14, 2013.
  • A front end loader dumps ivory into a giant rock crusher to be pulverized, at the National Wildlife Property Repository, at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in Commerce City, Colo., Nov. 14, 2013.
  • A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee keeps watch as pulverized confiscated ivory emerges from a rock crusher after being destroyed during an event at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Commerce City, Colo., Nov. 14, 2013.
  • Members of the media cover a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service event in which confiscated elephant ivory was destroyed at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Commerce City, Colo., Nov. 14, 2013.
  • Confiscated decorative ivory is piled together in preparation to be destroyed during an event at the National Wildlife Property Repository, at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in Commerce City, Colo., Nov. 14, 2013.
US Destroys 6 Tons of Ivory
VOA News
The U.S. has destroyed six tons of ivory it had seized, crushing the tusks of elephants in an effort to combat the world trade in the contraband.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had collected the tusks - some with intricate carvings on them - over the last 25 years. But on Thursday, workers pulverized the stash in an industrial rock crusher in Colorado in an attempt to curtail elephant poaching and cut the market for the tusks.

Experts say there is a $10 billion annual illegal business in animal trafficking, and the tusks that were destroyed represented 2,000 dead elephants. But an official with the conservation group Born Free USA, Adam Roberts, said the destruction of the tusks could help curtail that market.

"Anytime we can remove ivory from the marketplace it's a win for elephants. Because it suggests to the world that there isn't profitability to be had by selling ivory," he said. "And if there's no profitability in selling ivory, there's no profitability in poaching elephants.''  

Hours before the tusks were destroyed, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is posting a $1 million reward to help dismantle a Laos-based criminal syndicate that poaches elephants for their ivory.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

You May Like

Obama: I Will Do 'Everything I Can' to Close Guantanamo

US president says prison continues 'to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world' More

Sierra Leone Educates on Safe Ebola Burials

Also, country is improving at rapid response to isolated outbreaks, but health workers need to be even faster, officials say More

Christmas Gains Popularity in Vietnam

Increasingly wealthy Vietnamese embrace holiday due to its non-religious glamor, commercial appeal More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubansi
X
Sharon Behn
December 19, 2014 9:34 PM
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.

All About America

AppleAndroid