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the u. s. going after the illegal ivory trade on friday hitting poachers where it hurts , in the wallet , i'm reuters reporter congregations in new york city's times where the federal government shredding twenty seven hundred pounds of illegal ivory the street value roughly two point seven million dollars but that can vary widely on the black market , teaming up with the state of new york and several activist groups confiscated ivory was shredded at a rally in hopes of bringing attention to poaching and killing of elephants , the public spectacle getting wider attention thanks to the hash tag ivory crush trending on twitter the u. s. fish and wildlife service hosted the event hoping that it would deter people from buying i re and stop the illegal ivory trade as many as thirty five thousand african elephants are killed each year according to the wildlife conservation society which also helped organize the rally in two thousand fourteen president obama called for a national ban , conservationists are hoping to go a step further asking the white house to declare african elephants