Dazzle Africa, the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International applaud Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for signing a bill to prohibit the intrastate sale of products derived from wild animals threatened by wildlife trafficking. Senate Bill 194, introduced by Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, will ensure that Nevada does not contribute to the illegal wildlife trade.
The measure shuts down the Nevada market for products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn and sea turtle shells. The bill follows similar action by legislatures or voters in Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, New York and New Jersey, where laws ensure that their states do not provide safe harbor to wild animal traffickers and profiteers.
Heather Carpenter, western regional director for the Humane Society of the United States, said: “We are grateful to Governor Sandoval for signing this bill. Nevada residents should be very proud of being on the national forefront to protect imperiled wildlife and to curb wildlife trafficking.”
Iris Ho, wildlife program manager of Humane Society International, said: “SB 194 is a local solution to a global conservation crisis. Criminal syndicates thrive and prosper from vibrant marketplaces in wildlife products. We commend the critical conservation foresight of Governor Sandoval and the legislature so that Nevada won’t become a wildlife trafficking hotspot.”
Stacy James, executive director of the Nevada-based Dazzle Africa, a photographic safari non-profit, said: “As an avid traveler in Africa, I know first-hand the devastating tolls that poaching has on wildlife and the local communities. We are incredibly grateful that my home state Nevada has seized this opportunity to protect wild animal species threatened with extinction by the illegal wildlife trade.”
Dr. Cathy Smith, Dazzle Africa board member, added: “Our heartfelt appreciation goes to the Nevada legislature and Governor Sandoval. They put Nevada on the national and global map to stop wildlife traffickers from finding a safe haven in the Silver State."
Text of the bill can be found here.