“Game of Thrones” actor, Peter Dinklage is an animal lover and vegan advocate and now he is adding political activist to his list. Joining forces with the Humane Society of the United States, Dinklage is urging New York residents to help ensure a statewide ban on the ivory trade is passes on June 19th.

The call to pass legislation in New York State that would ban the trade of ivory within the state’s bounds is a major step towards ending the international illegal ivory trade. New Jersey’s state legislature recently passed a ban that would prohibit the illegal ivory from being transported into the state via many of the shore’s ports, as well as eliminating the trade of ivory within the state.

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If New York were to ban the trade of ivory it would deal a massive blow to illegal wildlife traffickers that import ivory into the U.S. through New York City, and many of the other commerce channels in the state. Dinklage, a New York resident vocalized his support of banning the trade in New York earlier today.

In a statement to the Humane Society of the United States, Dinklage said,” It is an unfortunate fact that New York is home to the largest retail market of ivory in the United States. With more than 35,000 elephants killed for their tusks in 2013 alone, New York has a responsibility to pass legislation that would ban the sale of ivory products poached by criminal gangs, wildlife traffickers and international terrorist organizations.”

The bills: S.7194 and A.8834a are being voted on in New York in exactly ONE week, that’s right seven days! So it is more important than ever that you make your voice heard and tell your legislators how important it is to pass this bill.

If you won’t do it for me, do it for Dinklage, “I kindly urge you to do everything possible to help the legislature pass an effective bill that will bring an end to our state’s participation in the deadly ivory trade.”

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Well, Dinklage and thousands of elephants–their thank you notes are in the mail!

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