The announcement was welcomed by conservationists, who, citing its detrimental impact on wildlife, have long been pushing for an all-out ban.
The 13 adults and 12 pups were found on an isolated beach near Cape Lisburne.
In three years, and in spite of efforts to stop the slaughter, more than 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory. What stands in the way of ending illegal poaching?
More than two tons of ivory were crushed, in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks.
Hong Kong is the third-largest ivory smuggling hub, after Kenya and Tanzania, according to a new report.
The crushing of ivory tusks is meant to show that the U.S. won't tolerate wildlife crimes.
Poaching elephants for their ivory, prized in Asia for trinkets, is rampant in Africa.
In Zimbabwe, the transformation from poacher to elephant savior isn't just a personal choice, it is a financial one.
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