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Scenes from the NYC #IvoryCrush

On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) destroyed 1 ton of ivory in New York’s Times Square — a remarkable show of support and solidarity with Africa’s elephants and the people working to stop poaching and the illegal trade. 

WildAid was on hand to witness the destruction of these carvings in a 25-ton rock crusher (check out more photos/video of the event below).

During his remarks, USFWS director Daniel Ashe announced that his agency will be working with WildAid on an upcoming domestic campaign aimed at ending the illegal wildlife trade in the United States. We look forward to working with USFWS and we'll keep you updated on this campaign as it takes shape!

The Times Square crush follows a similar event held two years ago in Denver, where the Service destroyed 6 tons of ivory, seized over a 25-year period.

You can make a pledge to be #IvoryFree by visiting IvoryFree.org.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Daniel Ashe at Friday's ivory crush event in Times Square