IFAW Statement on California Bill to Ban Ivory

Thursday, 3 September, 2015
Washington, DC

Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding a bill (AB 96) passed in the California State Senate which bans the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horn:

“Kudos to California for being a leader in saving wildlife. Elephants and rhinos are facing a major crisis, being slaughtered at an alarming rate for their ivory and horns.

Every 15 minutes on average, an African elephant is slaughtered for its ivory tusks to support a mass consumer demand. Rhinos, which are also poached for their horns, are similarly threatened. The U.S. ranks as one of the largest ivory consumers in the world. Given that California is one of the largest markets in the U.S. for illegal ivory, this bill will have an impact far beyond the state’s borders and be critical in ending the brutal slaughter of elephants and rhinos abroad.

California is sending a clear message that the lives of these majestic animals are worth far more than the trinkets carved from their tusks. Thanks to the legislature for their leadership. We hope the Governor will follow suit and quickly sign this legislation into law, so that we don’t lose any more of these species.”

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