Success: One Ton of Ivory Crushed in Times Square


Target: Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Daniel M. Ashe

Goal: Praise the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for leading the fight against illegal ivory markets by crushing a ton of ivory in Times Square.

Roughly one ton of elephant ivory was recently crushed in Times Square in front of a huge crowd. The ivory destroyed in Times Square included whole tusks, jewelry, and furnishings. The ivory was seized by many United States agencies over the past few years. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service hosted the event along with numerous conservation groups. John Calvelli, the Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at the Wildlife Conservation Society, said that “With this crush we’re sending a clear message that ivory markets need to be closed.” The organizers of the event hope that the dramatic display of crushing elephant tusks will deter people from buying ivory as well as if enough attention can be drawn to these events, that the illegal ivory trade can be shut down completely.

According to National Geographic, just in the past few years tens of thousands of elephants have been killed of the sake of poaching and ivory trade. In the past, President Barack Obama has issued an executive order that establishes a task force to crack down on wildlife trafficking.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is not the first organization to conduct an ivory crush. Similar events have been conducted in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Kenya, and Belgium. The United States government’s crush of about six tons of ivory in Denver, Colorado in 2013 was a great way to get people invested in the fight to protect elephants against illegal poachers.

Thanks to these events and petitions like these from the ForceChange community, the world seems to be responding to the illegal ivory trade by making it a priority to end this trafficking that kills thousands of elephants each year. Sign this petition to commend the Fish and Wildlife Service for their incredible effort in ending this horrible practice.


Dear Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Daniel M. Ashe,

I am writing this letter to you to thank you and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for your effort in ending the illegal trade of ivory. The recent ivory crush in Times Square was incredible act of coming together to protect the beautiful creatures that have their tusks stolen from them.

Poachers understand how valuable ivory is to consumers. However, with events like the Ivory Crush, we can raise awareness about the destructive nature of poaching and encourage consumers to boycott ivory products. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has done an incredible job in leading the fight against poaching and the sale of ivory.


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