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Gov. Christie Signs Historic Bill to Ban the Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horns

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken unprecedented action today by signing legislation that will end New Jersey’s contribution to the devastating international trade in ivory and rhino horns. This is the first law in the country to completely prohibit the import and intrastate sale of such items.

Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response: “We are proud of Governor Christie and state legislators' actions today and applaud them for recognizing the impact the new law will have on the global ivory trade. New Jersey’s leadership shines by setting an example for other states and countries to follow.”

The new law closes loopholes in ivory commerce and, coupled with federal law and recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations, will effectively remove New Jersey from the blood ivory trade. S.2012/A.3128 was sponsored by Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, D- District 20, and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, D- District 33.

Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: rcontreras@humanesociety.org, 301-721-6440      

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