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Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Criminalize Sale of White Gold

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 96 into law, a bill authored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, to ban the commercial trade in ivory or rhino horn. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, was the principal co-author of the bill.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, is issuing the following statement:

“Buying ivory trinkets or rhino potion is something of a death warrant for elephants and rhinos back in their native lands. That’s why it’s so important that Gov. Brown has signed legislation that commits California to do its part in the global war against the murderous trade in their parts.”

Last year, New Jersey and New York enacted similar bans. In November, Washington state voters consider a ballot measure, I-1401, to ban the commercial trade in ivory, rhino horn and a range of parts from other endangered species. The Obama Administration proposed an interstate ban on ivory trade, and President Obama and the president of China both committed to enact similar, comprehensive measures to attack the problem.

Media Contact: Samantha Miller: 301-258-1466; smiller@humanesociety.org


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