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Wed Sep 2, 2015, 09:00 PM Sep 2015

California lawmakers pass ban on ivory to curb elephant poaching. Do you support or oppose the ban? [View all]

California lawmakers pass sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching

By Jessica Calefati


Posted: 09/02/2015 04:55:26 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO -- Hoping to discourage the alarming killing of African elephants, the state Senate on Wednesday voted to ban the sale of old elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.

California made it illegal to sell ivory in 1977, but state law still permits the sale of older ivory imported more than four decades ago. If signed into law, Assembly Bill 96 would close that loophole and deter more poaching, says Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

"This species loss is unsustainable, and African elephants are being poached at a higher rate than they are being born, which will result in their extinction," said Atkins, the legislation's primary sponsor. Strengthening enforcement against the illegal ivory trade will "help put an end to poaching," she said.


The Senate approved Atkins' bill on a 26-13 vote over the objections of critics who said it won't be effective as long as sales of old ivory products are still permitted in other states and countries.


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K&R! Omaha Steve Sep 2015 #1
kick so the gun folks can vote CreekDog Sep 2015 #2
What about 10,000 year old Russian or Alaskan mammoth ivory? Brother Buzz Sep 2015 #3
that would be banned under this law CreekDog Sep 2015 #4
Ah! Brother Buzz Sep 2015 #11
CA has had a ban on ivory being sold in the state since 1977 Lurks Often Sep 2015 #5
they're banning the sale of ivory CreekDog Sep 2015 #6
Yes Lurks Often Sep 2015 #7
YOU said the wrong thing about the law, YOU were the one that didn't understand it CreekDog Sep 2015 #9
Yawn, I missed adding a couple of words and you start in with snide comments Lurks Often Sep 2015 #10
so you're opposing a state law in California CreekDog Sep 2015 #12
I'm opposing the law because it is meaningless Lurks Often Sep 2015 #13
Stop playing games, to you this is about guns and that's why you oppose it. CreekDog Sep 2015 #14
Do you have my second day post at DU dumbcat Sep 2015 #15
You don't have a dossier, you have your posts, which are public CreekDog Sep 2015 #21
Boring, don't you get tired of moving the goal posts? Lurks Often Sep 2015 #16
Well i would guess that since it would cause the death of poachers, oneshooter Sep 2015 #19
Some are taking direct action sarisataka Sep 2015 #18
Go CALI GO!! yuiyoshida Sep 2015 #8
I don't see the point on banning the sale of Ivory over 4 decades old to save elephants alive today Algernon Moncrieff Sep 2015 #17
The argument is that a lot of ivory is apparently sold as "old" when it is in fact not, petronius Sep 2015 #20
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