Congresswoman Susan Davis Leads Letter to Increase Protections of Elephants and Rhinoceros
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) led a letter of her House colleagues urging passage of a California state bill to stop the ivory and rhino horn trades. Introduced by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, AB 96 would prohibit the sale, purchase or possession of ivory and rhino horns.
“I applaud Assembly Speaker Atkins for offering this bill to help put a stop to these cruel and barbaric trade practices,” said Davis. “She has the support of members in the House and I hope AB 96 is enacted swiftly. Working together, state and federal agencies can create a safer environment for these majestic animals.”
Illegal trade in elephant ivory has doubled since 2007, with poachers killing about 35,000 elephants in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Federal law is in place to combat illegal trade in endangered wildlife products, which according to U.S government estimates can be worth $7 billion and $10 billion annually. As other states continue to crack down on this cruel trade, President Obama ordered a strengthening of federal laws last year.
A copy of the letter can be seen here.