US officials crushing 6 tons of illegal ivory to send global anti-poaching message

  • Article by: STEVEN K. PAULSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 13, 2013 - 10:45 PM

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — U.S. officials are destroying more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry — the bulk of the U.S. "blood ivory" stockpile — to support the fight against a $10 billion global trade that slaughters tens of thousands of elephants each year.

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west336Nov. 13, 13 9:11 PM

I support the notion and the cause but I am uncertain that this event will have the fallout that they are hoping for. If a large chunk of the global supply of ivory is pulverized then that'll make the remaining supply of ivory all the more valuable and cause a price spike that could potentially INCREASE demand, especially considering that none of the ivory is extracted from the U.S. itself and therefore we cannot control the supply as easily.

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bdaniel367Nov. 13, 1310:36 PM

What a waste.

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DufferHNov. 13, 1311:19 PM

The only ones who will profit by this decision will be those who trade ivory on the black market.

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rshacklefordNov. 13, 1311:23 PM

@west336: Exactly what I thought too. Use the stuff to undercut the value of existing and future supply! What good is a display of powdered ivory going to do?

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