Have you heard the big news? New Jersey and New York governors have in their hands the power to shut down the East Coast ivory trade.
Both New York and New Jersey are closer than ever to banning ivory and rhino horn sales in their states. Their State Legislatures have voted, and the people of New Jersey and New York have spoken. Now it’s just up to the governors to sign the recent bills into law.
The New York bill restricts most ivory and rhino horn sales, except items containing less than 20 percent ivory or rhino horn with import or export paperwork proving the antiques are at least 100 years old. The New Jersey bill calls for the elimination of all state ivory and rhinoceros horn sales to close the loopholes that enable international smugglers to move illegal ivory and rhino horn into the United States.
It’s incredible for elephants that New York and New Jersey are stepping up!
This is an opportunity to act now in our national security interests by standing up to a wildlife trafficking industry that is funding terrorism and lawlessness as well as crimes against humanity.
Coupled with tough new federal restrictions, a New York-New Jersey alliance tackling domestic ivory trade would send a clear message to China, the No. 1 consumer of ivory in the world, that America has the international leadership and the East Coast will to shut down all funding provided to terrorists and organized crime through wildlife trafficking.
Today illegal rhino thorn and ivory is moving freely through New Jersey ports and into New York markets under the guise of legality.
But the governors of the Garden State and Empire State can change that.
We look forward to both men signing the key legislation before them to combat wildlife trafficking.
China, and the rest of the world, is watching.