Publicly destroying ivory stockpiles takes illegal trinkets and tusks off the market and sends traffickers a message that governments all over the world want to demolish their trade, one that deals in terrorism and extinction. And now that the United States, China, and six other countries have crushed and burned more than 42 tons of ivory this year, who better to add to the glorious destruction than the Terminator himself? In support of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants campaign (a reference to the number of these gentle giants slaughtered every day in Africa), Arnold Schwarzenegger blasts a tusk to smithereens. Hasta la vista, baby.
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