US$8M worth of confiscated ivory crushed in NYC's Central Park

Hundreds of pieces of jewelry, sculptures and vases made of elephant ivory were destroyed at New York City’s Central Park on Thursday. The ivory, weighing nearly two tons, is estimated to be worth $8 million and is believed to represent more than 100 slaughtered elephants.

The ivory crush was organized by the New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and supported by luxury jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. By destroying the illegally obtained ivory, authorities hope to send a message to poachers, traffickers and dealers that the slaughter of elephants will not be tolerated.

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