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End the sale of blood ivory in Hawaii

Action: Wildlife Conservation

February 27, 2015   Action Alert ID# 187

 

A sudden increase in demand for ivory in recent years has had a horrifying effect on elephant populations across Africa, such that almost 100 elephants are killed each day for their tusks. Confusion, too, over what is legal vs. illegal ivory has allowed the black market to persist, fueling the current poaching crisis.

Within the United States, New York and New Jersey have banned ivory sales in response. Now it's time for Hawaii to follow their lead. The state has the third-largest market domestically and up to 89 percent of its ivory comes from illegal or unknown origins.

House Bill 837 from Hawaii's legislature promises to stop the flow of bloody ivory in and out of the state by banning its sale with few exceptions.

February 27, 2015   Action Alert ID# 187

 

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