IFAW Statement on Governor Cuomo Signing New York Ivory Ban

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Tuesday, 12 August, 2014
Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement on the signing of legislation by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo which bans the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horns: 

“New York is in the right state of mind with this ivory ban.

An African elephant is slaughtered on average every fifteen minutes to feed the troublingly large consumer demand for ivory. The U.S. is among the largest ivory consumers in the world and New York is one its biggest sales hubs.

By banning the sale and purchase of ivory, New York recognizes its role in the problem and its leadership in fixing it. These regulations are critical to help a species in dire decline.

Thank you to Governor Cuomo for signing this ban into law, and to our coalition partners who worked vigilantly to ensure that happened.”

To learn more about IFAW’s work to crush the ivory trade, please visit http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/elephants/ending-ivory-trade.

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