Thursday, September 12, 2013
DENVER TO CRUSH 6 TONS OF SEIZED BLOOD IVORY!
Ivory stashed in Denver to be crushed in effort to stave off poaching A growing stash of more than 6 tons of ivory from slaughtered elephants, heaped in a warehouse north of Denver, is about to be destroyed as part of a new U.S. push to combat illegal wildlife trafficking worldwide.
Publicly crushing the smuggled tusks and carvings will be the first act to end what has become a $10 billion illegal industry with security implications officials liken to those of illegal drug dealing. "Our experience is that the only way to end this trade is to get international support.
That's the goal of what we're doing with this crush," said Steve Oberholtzer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special-agent-in-charge based in Denver, who is lining up rock-grinders to pulverize the ivory in October. READ MORE