The United States today destroyed its six-ton stock of confiscated elephant ivory, sending a clear message that the nation will not tolerate wildlife crime that threatens to wipe out the African elephant and a host of other species around the globe. The destruction of this ivory, which took place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Property Repository on Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado, was witnessed by representatives of African nations and other countries, dozens of leading conservationists and international media representatives. It is the latest in a series of actions by the Obama administration designed to crack down on international poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.
Idk how this will solve anything
Surely it could be sold to fill the demand for ivory instead of leaving a huge gap so that more elephants will be poached for people demanding ivory?
It would be worth a lot, couldn’t selling it have paid for more security employment for elephant herds or African reserves? It’s like someone being offended by someone wearing antique fur, the animal is already long dead and has already suffered but now you may aswell wear it and not support the new industry than throw it away and have that animal die for no reason.
I guess you could argue selling it could encourage more people to want it who otherwise didn’t but I feel that wouldn’t be the case since it’s mostly frowned upon anyway.
Idk, I guess it’s just my opinion and there’s a reason they didn’t.
By destroying their seized stockpile the USFWS declared that enough is enough, MODERN IVORY SHOULD HAVE NO VALUE, the only ivory that should be valued is already safely secured in museums.
By selling it they’d be condoning the purchase of a protected species and implying that the value of the tusks is worth more than the animal itself.(plus modern and pre-ban ivory is virtually indistinguishable, allowing illegal post-ban tusks onto the market in a legal manner it would make things even more complicated and make it harder to prosecute those illegally selling tusks which were smuggled into the country)
It won’t solve anything, it wasn’t meant as a solution.
The crush was meant as a message- all ivory that is smuggled into the US will be found, and it will be destroyed. It won’t stick around to maybe be released to the public. It won’t be kept because the agency feels its valuable. It will be pulverized and destroyed, ivory only had value while it was attached to the animal. Once removed it is worth nothing.