Currently on Tuesday: Ivory on the chopping block

We all know that we Americans don’t do anything without the theatrics, and thats exactly what happened with the ivory crushing event in Times Square in NYC on June 19, 2015. Because there’s no more dramatic way to oppose the ivory trade than to publicly crush one ton of ivory for all the world to see. Conservationists, bystanders, and public officials looked on as one ton of ivory was reduced to useless powder as the ivory was destroyed. This is a public opposition that was started with 6 tons of ivory in Colorado and has spread worldwide.

The ivory trade has been killing populations of animals faster than those populations can reproduce. Most of the acquired ivory is illegal and the United States has one of the largest markets for it. Approximately 35,000 elephants are poached each year due to the demand for ivory. One of the biggest things you can do to help is to not buy ivory, and yes it really is that simple.

For more information on poaching and how you can help, see:

https://brookesays.com/2015/02/12/why-the-number-96-matters/

For more information on the ivory crush in NYC, see:

http://www.fws.gov/le/elephant-ivory-crush.html

Photo taken by: Drew Russel

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