Target: Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State
Goal: Thank governor for signing rhino, elephant, and mammoth ivory ban
A new law has been signed to prevent the illegal trade of items made of ivory in New York State. The law was signed on World Elephant Day. Criminal and civil penalties for buyers and sellers will be strengthened as a result of the ban.
This ban helps to protect endangered elephant populations worldwide, especially since New York is believe to be the largest market for ivory in the U.S. The sale of elephant and mammoth ivory as well as rhinoceros horns will not be permitted. Exceptions apply to antiques that are shown to be at least 100 years old and only containing a small amount of ivory.
Poachers have long since sold ivory products for a large profit due to the demand. Animals are slaughtered and butchered to retrieve the ivory tusks. The Wildlife Conservation Society has estimated that 96 elephants are killed every day to fuel the trade. This threatens many species with extinction. Additionally, elephant poachers in other nations often support terrorist actions and drug trade. They act with impunity and are helped by receptive markets in New York City and elsewhere.
Governor Cuomo made a statement after signing the ban that described his action towards the harmful ivory trade. “Today, New York State is taking a stand against a dangerous and cruel industry that is endangering animals across the world…Restricting the market for ivory articles will help bring an end to the slaughtering of elephants and rhinoceroses and sends a clear message that we will not allow the illegal ivory trade to continue in New York. I urge other states and nations to join us in working to protect these endangered species for generations to come.” Sign the petition to thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to this cause.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Thank you for your incredible action to protect endangered species worldwide by banning the sale of ivory products in New York. The adoption of stricter regulations and penalties is a huge step in deterring the ivory trade. This will hopefully end New York State’s role in the deadly and cruel international ivory trades.
This is an important step in enhancing global protections for critical species and animal populations. Your actions will help to reduce and hopefully eliminate illegal ivory trades in New York and elsewhere.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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