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May 8, 2014

New Jersey Assembly Committee Urged to Pass Ivory Ban Legislation

Bill Prohibits the Import and Sale of Ivory in New Jersey

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International urge the Assembly Commerce Committee to swiftly pass a bill to ban the interstate sale and import of ivory products. New Jersey Senator Raymond J. Lesniak’s bill, S.2012 passed out of the Senate Economic Growth Committee unanimously on Monday. Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for The HSUS, released the following statement as Assemblyman Raj Mukherji’s identical Assembly bill is set to be heard:
 
“To save elephants from the brink of extinction, we must close the markets for and put an end to the ivory trade. We thank Assemblyman Mukherji for championing the Assembly this measure and are grateful to Assemblyman Johnson for posting this bill in committee.”

Facts:

  • The bill would assist federal efforts to shut down the ivory trade by closing one of the nation’s largest ports to this illegal wildlife trade.
  • Criminal investigation by New Jersey state agencies and the federal government last year led to the prosecution of an international network of wildlife traffickers in rhino horns and ivory worth of several million dollars.
  • Criminal networks that undermine the local rule of law and community livelihood in Africa exploit ivory trafficking.
  • African terrorist groups reportedly poach elephants and used the proceeds from the ivory sale to fund their nefarious activities.
  • In light of the devastating ramifications of ivory trafficking, many political leaders have launched high-profile campaigns to save elephants and to combat the illegal ivory trade.

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

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