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Wildlife trafficking is an escalating global crisis, with thousands of rhinoceroses and elephants slaughtered every year for their horns and ivory tusks. Trade in illegal ivory has more than doubled since 2007 and tripled since 1998 [1]. If we don't take action now, these iconic species could be pushed to extinction within our lifetime [2].

The U.S. market has historically been one of the world's largest ivory markets [3]. While the U.S. has federal protections in place to stop illegal trade of endangered species between the U.S. and foreign countries and between states, they have less jurisdiction over trade within states. That's a big problem because a significant amount of trade actually happens at storefront sales within the state. In fact, as much as one-third of ivory for sale (including antiques) across the U.S. may be illegal [4].

Massachusetts lawmakers have introduced a bill to crack down on these illegal sales of ivory and rhino horn, with exemptions for legal products with a small amount of ivory/horn (Senate Bill 450, House Bill 419) [5]. If it passes, Massachusetts would be the seventh state to have these increased protections, imposing heavy fines on traffickers within the state and creating a fund with that money to promote conservation, and in turn adding to the global momentum to protect elephants and rhinos [6].

This is especially important because Massachusetts has an illegal ivory problem. In July 2017, authorities charged the leader of an ivory smuggling ring in Concord, MA who led a conspiracy to illegally smuggle over $700,000 worth of goods made from rhinoceros horn, elephant ivory and coral. [7]. Without stricter laws against this illegal activity at the state-level, the wildlife trafficking crisis will only escalate. This bill will likely be considered this fall.

You have the power to make this bill a reality by writing to the Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and telling him to make this bill a priority.

Sign Here

24 Beacon St.

Room 356

Boston, MA, 02133

Dear Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo,

I strongly support House Bill 419 "An Act relative to ivory and rhino horn trafficking" to restrict ivory and rhino horn sales in Massachusetts. I believe that it's important for all of us to take responsibility for protecting endangered species, especially those whose existence is threatened by illegal human poaching. This measure would make sure that illegal ivory and horn can no longer be sold in Massachusetts so that Massachusetts does not play a role in the unprecedented global poaching crisis.

I hope that Representative DeLeo will prioritize this important bill in the business of the chamber. I urge you to take action on this very important issue to protect our iconic wildlife.


Petition Signatures

Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 9, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
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Dec 20, 2017 Betsy Ridge
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 18, 2017 Margo Salone
Dec 15, 2017 Kay Birkinshaw
Dec 14, 2017 Nico Dabajo
Dec 13, 2017 Marie Gerbaud
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Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2017 Kelly Wilson
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Nov 25, 2017 Sofi Nordstrom
Nov 24, 2017 m Levin
Nov 22, 2017 Cheryll Poulin
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 21, 2017 Lori Love
Nov 20, 2017 Julie Hansen
Nov 20, 2017 Karen Moore
Nov 19, 2017 Linda Fair
Nov 19, 2017 Marilyn Martin
Nov 19, 2017 Nancy Daniel
Nov 19, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Alfaro
Nov 18, 2017 YVONNE Christison
Nov 17, 2017 Sandra Lee Sherman
Nov 15, 2017 Kristin Dubovsky
Nov 13, 2017 Virgil Pauls
Nov 12, 2017 Deborah Murphy
Nov 12, 2017 Aviva Shliselberg
Nov 12, 2017 Deborah Stull
Nov 11, 2017 Cathy Neal
Nov 11, 2017 Sharon Sauro
Nov 11, 2017 Donna Frizzell
Nov 11, 2017 andi gibson
Nov 11, 2017 mercy myers
Nov 11, 2017 Sondra Bustos
Nov 10, 2017 tami mccready
Nov 10, 2017 Sara Lerner
Nov 10, 2017 marilyn evenson
Nov 9, 2017 Michelle Cann
Nov 9, 2017 Michelle Neeson
Nov 9, 2017 Claire Sands-Sullivan
Nov 9, 2017 Ash Rawal
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson

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