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U.S. wildlife agency destroys 6 tons of contraband ivory
U.S. wildlife agency destroys 6 tons of contraband ivory

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pulverized about 6 tons of confiscated elephant ivory Thursday in an effort to strip the items of their value and make a statement against poaching. Photographs taken before the event show ivory boxes, intricately carved statues and staffs, masks and countless pieces of jewelry, all stuffed into crates ready to be crushed.  Afterward, only fragments remained. The ivory was seized over the last 25 years during undercover investigations of smuggling operations or at the U.S. border, according to the wildlife service. The items were destroyed with an industrial rock-crusher at the wildlife service’s National Wildlife Property Repository on the...

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