Display at Newark Liberty International Airport hopes to educate travelers about illegal animal souvenirs

Newark Liberty International Airport is housing a display of illegal souvenirs brought into the U.S. (6/6/13)

NEWARK - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has teamed up with the Port Authority of New York to display illegal animal souvenirs brought into the United States from other countries.

Newark Liberty International Airport is housing a display of illegal souvenirs brought into the U.S. The items on display include an ash tray made from the foot of a rhino and a bracelet made from elephant ivory. Most of the illegal items were confiscated at airports and seaports across the country from smugglers, but some came from travelers who didn't realize what they had purchased

"A lot of these are endangered or threatened species," says Leilani Sanchez, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "They are limited and are precious resources."

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Sanchez hopes that by educating the public with these kinds of displays, travelers will help protect those resources.
 

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