The U.S Department of Fish and Wildlife crushed one ton of illegal ivory in Times Square to send a message and put an end to the ivory trade.
The ivory trade has turned into a multi-million dollar industry. Every year almost 35,000 elephants are killed for their tusks, sold to be turned into jewelry, statues, and other trinkets. Poaching levels have reached an all-time high in recent years; elephants are being killed faster than they can reproduce.
On June 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife set up an industrial rock crusher in Times Square, with one ton of raw and carved ivory pieces set up around it. One by one, each piece was placed on a conveyor and crushed into dust. The event was meant as a message to poachers everywhere that it’s time to put an end to the ivory industry.
This is the second crush that United States has done. On November 14, 2013, they crushed nearly six tons of ivory at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Can it really be effective in changing the course of poaching history?
If you ask me, there are only two ways this will ever end. One, the poachers kill every last elephant on the planet and move on to the next species. Two, the entire world bands together, gathers our resources both financial and militant, and seeks out every elephant poacher on the planet until the risk outweighs the reward.
This just doesn’t need to be done for elephants, but for all animals poached illegally on the brink of mass extinction.