On November 6, the National Museum of Animals & Society will host the Los Angeles Ivory Crush, an opportunity for participants to stand up against elephant poaching and donate any ivory in their possession. Between 2010 and 2012, 100,000 elephants were slaughtered for the illegal ivory trade—a level that now exceeds the species’ reproductive potential. According to the museum’s founder and executive director, Carolyn Merino Mullin, “The poaching crisis not only takes a toll on wildlife, it affects communities as well. Insurgents and organized crime groups cash in on the money to be made from ivory, killing tens of thousands of elephants while gunning down park rangers who work to protect them.” The Los Angeles-based National Museum of Animals & Society is the first museum of its kind, exploring the human-animal bond through art exhibits, educational lectures, and community events.
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