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Arnold Schwarzenegger terminates tusk in warning to poachers

Arnold Schwarzenegger partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to blow up ivory tusk in a warning shot to poachers killing elephants.

The stunt was designed to "get rid of the demand" of ivory tusk which results in the deaths of 96 elephants every day in Africa.

In a video the Terminator star stands in front of a tank and demands that the poachers "stop killing 96 elephants every day just because of this ivory" before rallying "let's get rid of this demand once and for all".

In a scene reminiscent of one of the 68 year-old's action films the tusk is then wired with explosives and blown up in a huge blast which leaves nothing but tiny fragments flying through the air.

John Calvelli, the WCS’s campaign director, said: “We are extremely grateful Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the 96 Elephants campaign, and we are hopeful that his global following of fans will become allies to stop the killing, stop the trafficking and stop the demand of ivory.”

As part of a fight against the trade of the illegal ivory more than 42 tonnes of illegal ivory have been destroyed so far this year in China, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and the US.

However the WCS is concerned that a House interior appropriations bill could roll back current US regulations and thwart efforts by the Fish and Wildlife Service to curtail the illegal trade.

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