US to destroy ivory stocks in effort to stop illegal elephant poaching

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With echoes of the past – by President Moi in 1989 – the United States now tries to halt a hugely destructive and wasteful practice

From the Guardian : The Obama administration said on Monday it would destroy all 6m tons of its stocks of seized ivory – potentially millions in contraband – stepping up efforts to crush an illegal trade that has brought wild elephants to the brink of extinction.

The ivory destruction, announced at a White House event addressed by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, was part of a broader effort by the administration on Monday to elevate wildlife trafficking from narrow conservation interest to urgent national security concern.

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Destroying the ivory would signal that Obama was committed to stopping illegal trafficking in wildlife that has devastated species such as elephants and rhinos, and is a growing security threat, officials told the audience.

“Rising demand for ivory is fuelling…

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