Colorado Springs News, Sports & Business

6 tons of seized ivory being crushed in Denver

By Steven K. Paulson, The Associated Press Updated: November 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

COMMERCE CITY — U.S. officials have destroyed more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry to send a message against elephant poaching that has reached record levels.

The pyramid-shaped pile of ivory 10 feet high was dumped into a massive steel rock crusher Thursday at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facility outside Denver.

The ivory tusks, statues and jewelry were confiscated by federal agents around the country. Officials say it was the bulk of the U.S. "blood ivory" stockpile.

A parade of speakers, including Fish and Wildlife director Dan Ashe, urged other countries to destroy their own ivory stockpiles to send a message that condemns rampant elephant poaching.

Comment Policy

Our commenting system has changed. Please register or login with your gazette.com account to comment on a story. Click here for information.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
SEP
2
SEP
3
SEP
4
SEP
5
SEP
6
SEP
7
SEP
8
SEP
9
SEP
10
SEP
11
SEP
12
SEP
13
SEP
14
SEP
15
Advertisement

Latest Obits view all

Powered by Legacy.com ©