Help End the Sale of Ivory

This week’s Take Action Thursday urges action to ban the sale of ivory from elephant tusks and rhino horns through individual states.

State Legislation

Each year, worldwide elephant and rhinoceros populations decrease, as thousands of these animals are brutally killed by poachers for their tusks and horns. The federal government reinstated elephant trophy hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia earlier this year, and then put that decision on hold for further study.

Even though the U.S. is not committed to an outright federal ban on ivory sales, states are taking action to ban the purchase and sale of all ivory and rhino horns. Seven states—California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Washington—already have such bans in place. This session, additional states have introduced or reintroduced similar legislation.

If you live in one of the states listed below, please take action to support bans on the purchase and sale of ivory and rhino horns.

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If your state does not already have (or is not currently considering) a ban on the sale of ivory and rhino horns, ask your legislators to introduce a bill to help end the poaching of protected elephants and rhinos.


Legal Trends

On January 31, 2018, Hong Kong lawmakers voted to phase out the sale of ivory by 2021. Mainland China banned ivory sales in December 2017. Both Hong Kong and China have provided the most active markets for raw ivory and ivory products, with much of the ivory passing through Hong Kong on its way to the Chinese market. The phase-out period will allow vendors and craftsmen who currently hold ivory possession and sales licenses an opportunity to dispose of their wares. Under the new law, violators would face large fines and up to 10 years in prison.

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This entry was posted in News on March 1, 2018.
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