Every fifteen minutes an elephant is killed for the ivory trade.
The elephant poaching crisis is going to be on the agenda of the US - China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, scheduled for June 24 in Washington DC.
The timing, then, of the ivory crush at Time Square in New York City is not lost on many who are watching the one-upmanship between two of the most significant consuming markets for elephant ivory.
When the US Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed 6 tons of contraband ivory in November 2013, I wrote in a blog, "The survival of elephants depends on our collective stand against ivory trade," expressing my hope that the US ivory destruction would rally China to do the same.
Indeed, China followed the US lead: Less than two months later, China destroyed 6.1 tons of ivory in Guangdong.
In fact, since then, nearly 50 tons of ivory confiscated from illegal trade have been crushed or torched in many countries and territories around the world, France, Chad, Belgium, Hong Kong SAR of China, Kenya, Congo Brazzaville, and UAE.