New York Legislation
Born Free USA Position: Support
Update (August 13, 2014): Victory! Governor Cuomo signed this bill into law. Read our press release here.
Update (June 17, 2014): Press Release -- "Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement With Legislative Leaders on Bill to Fight Illegal Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Trade"
It amends the environmental conservation law to prohibit the sale, purchase, trade, barter, and distribution of ivory and rhino horn articles. The definition of “ivory articles” includes both elephant and mammoth ivory. It also increases the penalties for the illegal commercialization of fish, shellfish, crustacean, and wildlife, including ivory and rhino horn articles.
Exceptions to this prohibition:
Check out the Bloody Ivory website for details on the tragic elephant slaughter and illegal ivory trade.
And be sure to read the summary of our Ivory’s Curse report, which details the groundbreaking information uncovered by our investigation of illegal wildlife trafficking in Africa.
New York residents, thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill!
Read the full text here.