A federal court in New York upheld the state’s ban on sales and in-store displays of elephant and mammoth ivory and rhino horn. The Art and Antique Dealers League of America and the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America challenged the law in 2018 claiming it was unconstitutional.
The Humane Society of the United States, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Wildlife Conservation Society filed a lawsuit to defend the law. New York was the country’s largest ivory market prior to the ban.
“This decision is a great victory for elephants and aligns with the international momentum to close domestic ivory markets,” said Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Human demand for ivory is fueling alarming decreases in African savannah and forest elephant populations, so measures like this are crucial to giving these magnificent animals a fighting chance for a future.”
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Reduced demand for ivory cuts poachers incentives to kill elephants in Africa. The law in New York will help reduce the state’s illegal trade by banning the sale, possession with intent to sell, offer for sale, and importation with intent to sell of elephant ivory, mammoth ivory (which looks very similar to elephant ivory), and rhino horn.
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Read more about the ivory trade and poaching in One Green Planet, check out these articles:
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- Study Finds That the Wildlife Trade Affects One-Fifth of Vertebrates on Land
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