Why Is The US Crushing 1 Ton Of Ivory In Times Square?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will crush one ton of ivory in Times Square to send a message to illegal wildlife poachers and traffickers.By Jake Godin | June 19, 2015
Importing ivory in the United States is almost completely banned. And to highlight just how serious it is about the ban, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crushing one ton of ivory in New York City's Times Square on Friday. (Video via roger smith / CC BY NC 2.0)
The idea is to spread awareness about the illegality and consequences of wildlife trafficking. It's also meant to send a message to any traffickers that the U.S. doesn't welcome the illegal trade. (Video via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services)
This isn't the first ivory crush either — the first was done in Denver, Colorado in 2013 when six tons of elephant ivory was destroyed.