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10 things to know about 6-ton ivory crush

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 14, 2013 at 7:07 am •  Published: November 14, 2013
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WHERE IT CAME FROM

U.S. agents confiscated the ivory from smugglers, at ports of entry and even from tourists entering the United States. Fish and Wildlife officials say the ivory being destroyed represents at least 2,000 slaughtered elephants.

WHERE IT'S GOING

The pulverized ivory will be put in a large case for display to raise awareness of the issue.

WHY NOW?

The Service has used confiscated ivory as evidence in criminal and civil cases and for educational purposes. Over the years, it's accumulated far more than it needs.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Kenya (in 1989 and 2011), Gabon (in 2011) and the Philippines (in June) have destroyed large quantities of ivory. Still, poaching is at record levels.

WHO'S ATTENDING

U.S. officials and representatives of conservation groups working to stop the slaughter, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, the World Wildlife Fund and the Born Free Foundation.

WHAT'S THE WILDLIFE REPOSITORY

The National Wildlife Property Repository stores items that are in violation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act or are smuggled illegally into the country. It's located at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge just north of Denver.