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Sri Lanka destroys biggest ever illegal ivory haul, sending a strong message for Smugglers

Sri Lanka destroys biggest ever illegal ivory haul: The international trade in ivory has been banned in most of the world since 1989, but illegal smuggling persists in many parts of Asia where ivory is highly prized for medicinal and decorative uses.
Sri Lanka said it was sending a strong message by destroying the haul, more than 350 tusks weighing about 1.5 tonnes that were displayed at the Galle Face promenade in the capital before being fed into a crusher to be sent to an industrial furnace.
The haul, which came from African elephants slaughtered for their tusks, was seized at Colombo's port nearly four years ago en route to Dubai.
"There are some very small tusks which would have come from baby elephants," Colombo Customs Director Udayantha Liyanage told reporters.
"We are trying to demonstrate that there is no value for blood ivory... It is horribly cruel and the elephants suffer for about a week before they die," he said.
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