Restrict the trade of ivory and rhino parts in Massachusetts
The United States is among the world's largest markets for illegal wildlife goods, including elephant ivory and rhino horn. The illegal wildlife trade is a lucrative, multi-billion-dollar enterprise, fueling transnational crime and incentivizing the cruel killing of animals for their parts.
In Massachusetts, bill S.496/H.772 has been referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. It would ensure that Massachusetts does not play a role in facilitating the trade in illegal ivory and rhino horns by restricting the trade of ivory and rhino horn within the state. If passed into law, the bill will heavily restrict the sale and purchase of ivory and rhino horn products.
Ivory marketplaces provide an opportunity for illegal ivory to flourish because it can easily be disguised or passed off as a legally acquired product. Enforcement efforts are often hampered by a lack of resources or the difficulty of visually distinguishing illegal ivory from legally acquired ivory.
This bill is an important step toward ending the illegal wildlife trade and protecting elephants and rhinos — Massachusetts should work to protect these majestic creatures instead of playing a role in the cruel and grotesque trade for their parts.
Urge Massachusetts lawmakers to support S.496/H.772 to restrict the ivory and rhino horn trade in the state.
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Subject line: Please support Bill S.496/H.772
I am writing to ask you to please support S.496/H.772 to restrict the trade of ivory and rhino horn products in Massachusetts.
The United States is among the world's largest markets for illegal wildlife goods, including elephant ivory and rhino horn. The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, fueling transnational crime and incentivizing the cruel killing of animals for their parts.
In 2016, the Great Elephant Census revealed a staggering 30% loss of African savannah elephants between 2007 and 2014 in 15 of the 18 countries surveyed, primarily due to poaching. More than 1,000 rhinos were poached in Africa in 2018, with only 29,000 remaining in the wild worldwide.
We should be working to protect these majestic creatures. Please support S.496/H.772.