Famed musician Billy Joel is voicing support for a bill that would ban the sale of illegal ivory in New York state on his web site. On the front page of Billyjoel.com, Billy has posted the following message to viewers:

“To whom it may concern:
I wholeheartedly support the ivory sales ban bill pending in New York State.
I am a piano player. And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists.
But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day.
There are other materials which can be substituted for piano keys.
But magnificent creatures like these can never be replaced.
Music must never be used as an excuse to destroy an endangered species.
Music should be a celebration of life – not an instrument of death.
Billy Joel”

This message follows an announcement by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of a proposed agreement with legislative leaders on, according to Long Island.com, “a bill to restrict the market for ivory articles and rhinoceros horns.” The bill “prohibits transactions involving these materials with very limited exceptions and increases the criminal and civil penalties for individuals who violate this law.”

“The illegal ivory trade has no place in New York State, and we will not stand for individuals who violate the law by supporting it,” the governor said. “This bill expands restrictions on the sale of ivory materials and toughens penalties against those who sell them, helping to curtail the rise of a dangerous and cruel industry that is endangering animals around the world.”

Other celebrities, such as Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones fame, have also voiced their support of this bill. 

Let’s hear it for celebrities using their light and influence to encourage others to do better in the name of animals!

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