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IFAW Statement on New York Ivory Ban: We Love New York
Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding a bill passed on Friday, June, 20 by the New York state legislature which bans the sale and purchase of elephant and mammoth ivory and rhino horn:
"A big victory for endangered elephants and rhinos today, as New York enacts a landmark law to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn.
bans are important tools for regulating, and, we hope, eventually
ending the ivory and rhino horn trade. Every 15 minutes on average, an
African elephant is slaughtered for its ivory tusks to support a mass
consumer demand. Rhinos, which are also poached for their horns, are
similarly threatened. The U.S. ranks as one of the largest ivory
consumers in the world and New York serves as one its biggest entry points and markets.
Promising regulations are gathering momentum at the federal level. As one of the first states to pass such legislation, New York is carving a path for others to follow.
We love New York's actions and congratulate and thank our coalition partners in encouraging the passage of these bills."
About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)Founded
in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects
in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to
prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife
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