California State Assembly passage of AB96

Thursday, 4 June, 2015
Washington, DC


 California State Assembly passage of AB96

Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement on the California State Assembly’s vote to approve AB96, a measure to protect elephants and rhinos by strengthening rules on the ivory and rhino horn trade.

The ivory trade anywhere is a threat to elephants everywhere.  IFAW applauds the actions taken by the California State Assembly to help end the illicit wildlife trade in the U.S.  Given that California is a top market for ivory sales, Tuesday’s vote to end the sale of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn and increase penalties is a big step towards reaching that goal. Such legislative action effectively reduces demand for ivory in the U.S. and helps to build momentum for global action.

IFAW will now focus on ensuring that the California Senate passes this bill with the strongest possible language.  Experience shows that, until all trade loopholes are closed, poachers and traffickers can continue to find ways to keep the ivory trade alive at the expense of the world’s dwindling elephant populations.

IFAW looks forward to working with the California legislature in sending a clear message that the lives of these majestic and intelligent creatures is worth far more than the trinkets carved from their tusks. We urge the California Senate to take quick action to pass this legislation.

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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