June 2, 2015
California Assembly Overwhelmingly Passes Bill to Stamp Out Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade
The California Assembly passed AB 96 to close loopholes in the existing state regulations to ensure that illegal ivory and rhino horns do not find safe haven in California. The bill received a final vote of 62-14. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International praise Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and Sen. Ricardo Lara for co-authoring this important bill. Iris Ho, program manager for Humane Society International released the following statement:
“It is shameful that this pernicious trade banks on the extinction of elephants and rhinos. AB 96 is a critical tool to close the gaping loophole in California’s decades-old ivory ban. Today’s overwhelming vote affirms California’s conservation leadership in saving these imperiled wildlife from cruelty and extinction.”
The escalating global poaching crisis has decimated an average of 96 elephants every day for their ivory in Africa. AB 96 is supported by the The HSUS, HSI, NRDC, PAWS, Wildlife Conservation Society, California Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Oakland Zoo, Asian Pacific Alliance for Wildlife & Sustainability, and Born Free USA.
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