6 tons of seized ivory tusks destroyed

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers carry confiscated ivory to a crusher to be pulverized, at the National Wildlife Property Repository, at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in Commerce City, Colo., Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. Six tons of contraband elephant ivory, accumulated over the past 25 years in undercover investigations of organized smuggling operations and confiscations at the U.S. border, was destroyed. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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U.S. officials on Thursday destroyed more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry — the bulk of the U.S. "blood ivory" stockpile — and urged other nations to follow suit to fight a $10 billion global trade that slaughters tens of thousands of elephants each year.

Thousands of ivory items accumulated over the past 25 years were piled into a large pyramid-shaped mound, then dumped into a steel rock crusher that pulverized it all into dust and tiny chips at the National Wildlife Property Repository just north of Denver.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will donate the particles to a yet-to-be-determined museum for display. (AP)

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