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Image description: On November 14, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will destroy some six tons of elephant ivory seized over the years by its special agents and wildlife inspectors in connection with violations of U.S. wildlife laws and treaties.

The Fish and Wildlife Service wants to send a clear message that the United States will not tolerate ivory trafficking and the toll it is taking  on elephant populations, particularly in Africa. Destroying the ivory tells criminals who engage in poaching and trafficking that the United States will take all available measures to disrupt and prosecute those who prey on and profit from the deaths of these magnificent animals.

Learn more about the ivory crush.

Photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mountain-Prairie Region.