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US crushes 6 tons of illegal ivory to send message to poachers

Oh god how I wish this was a joke.

So, to teach these bad people a lesson, lets crush up the stuff they are selling to make it more valuable!

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/14/20807269-us-crush...

So I guess our government may not be purposely ruining the economy, maybe they are just stupid?

Almost every single commenter realizes that crushing this stuff up isnt going to stop anything. Obviously the government missed the fact that the poachers dont care about the ivory, they care about the money.




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They did the right thing

Destroying seized evidence doesn't increase poaching by causing scarcity. When it no longer had evidentiary use it would be destroyed, like any other contraband. This was just making a point to bring attention the the harm of this illicit trade.

Anti-poaching efforts need to be stepped up. Whatever an elephant tusk is worth, I'll pay that for the head of a poacher.

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

There is more to this than meets the eye.

Have often thought that the poached ivory should be put on the open market to crash the price and make it less attractive to poachers.
But this National Geographic article (unwittingly?) provides the real reason, armed personal armies.
The following article from said magazine has some very graphic photos, and maybe very upsetting to many. Open at own discretion.
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/27/new-promi...

If only it were that easy

Then we could crush up tyrannical programs such as Obamacare so the government couldn't poach on free markets and our God-given rights.

Let the crushing begin.

Ugh

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"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

Wadda ya mean, "stupid?"

They're just using the same strategy that has worked so wonderfully well in the "War on Drugs."

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Well, there are two trains of

Well, there are two trains of thought here. One is that they are fucking things over on purpose, the other is that they are dumb.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

They COULD be riding both trains.

You're wondering if they're stupid, or if they're evil. Who says they can't be both? That possibility gets my vote.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Probably dumb

Is the correct answer

wtf?

....????

donvino