2 Tons of Ivory Crushed in Central Park

posted by @JammminJessie - 

This makes me feel so good. Knowing that people are out there to fight the good fight. Never stop fighting/protesting for what you believe is right.

Via CBS-

Nearly two tons of trinkets, statues and jewelry crafted from the tusks of at least 100 slaughtered elephants were destroyed in a rock crusher in Central Park to demonstrate the state’s commitment to smashing the illegal ivory trade.

The artifacts included piles of golf ball-sized Japanese sculptures, called netsuke, intricately carved into monkeys, rabbits and other fanciful designs.

“What’s happening in Africa is a crime, approximately 96 elephants are being killed every day for ivory,” John Calvelli of the Wildlife Conservation Society said. “The killing is being done by terrorist groups, criminal organizations. When you’re buying a piece of ivory you’re helping to fund terrorism and criminality.” 

The crushed items included an array of objects made from ivory -- tusks, trinkets, statues, jewelry and other decorative pieces -- worth an estimated $8.5 million dollars. The ivory was destroyed to send a clear message that the state will not tolerate trading of the material made from precious elephant tusks. 

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