Governor signs conservation bill that prohibits sales of Elephant ivory in California

Governor signs conservation bill that prohibits sales of Elephant ivory in California

Jerry Brown, Governor of California, has recently signed conservation bill that prohibits nearly all the sales of elephant ivory. Wildlife and conservation groups are happy about the decision, while Chinatown shopkeepers in San Francisco and Los Angeles are unhappy about it, as it will lead to loss in their business.

Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly, passed an Assembly Bill (AB) 96 which will make the selling of elephant ivory or rhino horn in California illegal after 1 July.

The bill passed is similar to a law Brown signed in 2011 which banned the sale of shark fin soup to maintain the decline of species.

Population of African elephants has gone down as poachers are killing nearly about 96 per day for their tusks. The poachers are often linked to terrorist groups and smuggle them elephant ivory.

The selling of elephant ivory has been banned in California since 1977, but the sales of older ivory were allowed by federal and state laws. Supporters of the bill say that some of the shopkeepers are selling the new ivory labeling it as old.

Jennifer Fearing, a lobbyist for the Humane Society of the United States said,"By signing AB 96, Gov. Brown has closed a loophole in a law he signed three decades ago and confirms California's commitment to joining the global momentum to save these iconic species”.

"The governor is taking his time and treating this bill with the seriousness it deserves," said Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, a co-author of the right-to-die legislation. "I'm cautiously optimistic."

"Assisted suicide would become the cheapest end-of-life alternative in a health care system driven by costs," said Tim Rosales, a spokesman for Californians Against Assisted Suicide. "I'm not surprised that he's being so thoughtful and thorough."

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