Angry Elephant would like to thank all of you that came out to support the Ivory Crush Event in New York City's Central Park on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Although it was a successful event and we had a large turnout, it was very bittersweet! To see the tremendous amount of illegal ivory that was confiscated and destroyed at what experts estimate at more than 100 elephant lives is disheartening.
The event was organized by N.Y.S. Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation and a coalition of leading wildlife conservation groups, with support from Tiffany & Co.. They seized over 2 tons and 8 million dollars of illegal ivory to be placed in the rock crusher. You can view some of these expensive and elaborate illegal items in our photos. Some of these pieces were valued at more the $800,000 on the illegal trade market. Individuals who owned illegal ivory pieces were allowed to come up to the rock crusher and place their pieces on the conveyor belt to be destroyed.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to meet with us at the event to help encourage and support what we are doing to bring awareness to this important cause! We appreciate the individuals that took the time to register on our site to get their free BANI t-shirt. We will be posting more pictures of the event on social media and we also look forward to seeing your posts! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.