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August 12, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Signs New York Ivory, Rhino Horn Ban

The following is a statement from Brian Shapiro, New York State director for The Humane Society of the United States, in response to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers  banning elephant ivory and rhino horn in the state. It was featured in Gov. Cuomo’s bill signing press release:

“We applaud Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers for enacting and signing this important legislation that protects elephants and rhinos, cracks down on wildlife traffickers and ends New York’s role in the deadly international elephant ivory and rhino horn trades. The overwhelming support of the legislature and the public for this important bill is a testament to New York’s long-standing leadership in global affairs, such as safeguarding imperiled species. By prohibiting the trade of ivory and rhino horns, New York is providing a bold and much needed solution to save elephants and rhinos from an unprecedented global poaching crisis.”

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

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