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France crushes ivory in anti-poaching move

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Three tonnes of illegal ivory seized by French customs agents are pulverized into dust after being displayed in Paris, 6 February 2014.
Three tonnes of illegal ivory seized by French customs agents are pulverized into dust after being displayed in Paris, 6 February 2014. Reuters/Charles Platiau

France publicly destroyed three tonnes of illegally seized ivory on Thursday to show its commitment to stopping the poaching of African elephants. France is the first European country to stage such large-scale destruction. It follows Kenya in 2011 and several other countries, most recently China in January.

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