January 6, 2014

Piece of ivory / via Wikimedia Commons
Piece of ivory / via Wikimedia Commons
The Chinese government on Monday destroyed 6.1 tonnes of confiscated ivory, in a move, the first of this kind, to demonstrate its stance against illegal wildlife trafficking.

Raw tusks and carved ivory pieces, which the government has seized over the years, were dumped into two crushers and ground to rubble and ash at a ceremony held in Dongguan City of southern province of Guangdong.

“The event, the first public ivory destruction in China, was to demonstrate the country’s determination to discourage illegal ivory trade, protect wildlife and raise public awareness,” said Zhang Jianlong, deputy head of the State Forestry Administration (SFA).

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