French Customs employees protect themselves from fragments as about 698 elephant tusks are unloaded before being crushed into dust, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.

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French Customs employees protect themselves from fragments as about 698 elephant tusks are unloaded before being crushed into dust, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014. France is crushing more than 3 tons of illegal ivory in Europe's first destruction of a stockpile of the banned elephant tusks. Thursday's pulverization is intended to send a message to poachers and traffickers that preservationists hope will help stem the illicit trade that endangers the species' survival. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

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Thu, Feb 6, 2014 1:43 PM EST