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Petitioning Massachusetts Governor - Charlie Baker

Restrict imports of ivory and rhino parts in Massachusetts!

by Lita Tidwell on September 17, 2019

2.177 NEEDED

TARGET 20.000 SIGNATURES 17.823 supporters

It is with great sorrow that I must report that The United States is among the world's biggest markets for illegal wildlife goods – are here I would foremost mention elephant ivory and rhino horns. This business is booming and the only ones who don’t gain out of it are the animals themselves.

In the great state of Massachusetts, bill S.496/H.772 has been referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. To ensure that Massachusetts does not play a role in facilitating the trade in illegal ivory and rhino horns, it must vote in this crucial piece of legislation – the bill is meant to significantly restrict any movement of ivory and rhino horn parts.

Authorities designated with this issue lack the resources and motivation to visually compare the illegal ivory from the one that has been purchased with proper documentation. This is why ivory market places are such a big business opportunity – these illegal products can very easily be passed off as legitimate. 

Together we can make a difference with this bill, which would be a significant step towards ending this highly lucrative, yet shameful business. 

Illegal ivory has no place in the state of Massachusetts! It takes only a couple of seconds to show your support and pursue the people in power to do the right thing.

Urge Massachusetts lawmakers to support S.496/H.772 to restrict the ivory and rhino horn trade in the state without further delay. Thank you for your interest in this matter.


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