Crush and burn: Malaysia destroys huge ivory trove

A Malaysian wildlife worker stands in front of a cargo container of seized ivory before it is publicly crushed during an event at the Kualti Alam Waste Management centre in Port Dickson on April 14, 2016Malaysia has destroyed 9.5 tonnes of elephant ivory it seized over the years, which authorities hope will help deter smugglers who have long used the country as a trans-shipment point. The huge pile of African elephant tusks, estimated to be worth $20 million, was first fed into in an industrial crusher to be pulverised, and then incinerated in a giant furnace in Port Dickson in southern Malaysia. Malaysia has previously announced in Parliament that 4,624 ivory tusks were confiscated between 2011 and 2014.

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