6 tons of seized ivory to be crushed in Denver

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DENVER (AP) Federal wildlife officials are planning to crush more than 6 tons of ivory in Denver as part of a new push by the United States to combat illegal wildlife trafficking worldwide.

The ivory is being stored in a warehouse near Denver. It was seized around the country in an effort to block imports of tusks from elephants that have been slaughtered for their ivory.

The seized items include large balls of ivory delicately carved in layers and whole tusks that have been carved into pagodas and scenes from daily life.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said publicly crushing the expensive smuggled tusks and carvings is part of an effort to put an end to what has become a $10 billion illegal industry.

The Denver Post reports the agency is lining up rock-grinders to pulverize the ivory in October.

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