Ask Governor Rauner to Sign Bill Restricting Sales of Ivory and Rhino Horn


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Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois signed AWI’s bill restricting the sale of ivory and rhino horn within the state! This is a huge win for elephants and rhinos, and it makes Illinois the eighth state to pass this type of legislation. State by state, we are working to shut down the market for these wildlife products so that the United States does not play a role in driving the poaching crisis.

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Dear Illinois Humanitarian,

The bill (H.B. 4843) to restrict the sale of ivory and rhino horn within Illinois has now passed the state legislature. It is on the desk of Governor Rauner, so we need you to urge him to sign it!

The wildlife poaching crisis has exploded over the past several years, and elephant and rhino species are in grave danger. Sadly, Illinois contributes to the trade in ivory and rhino horn. US Fish and Wildlife Service seizure data show illegal trafficking activity has occurred in the Port of Chicago. If there is a legal market, then illegal wildlife parts can also slip through, putting money in the pockets of the global crime syndicates that profit from this bloody trade.

What You Can Do

Please contact Governor Rauner to stress the importance of H.B. 4843 and urge him to sign the bill.

Share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers in Illinois, and encourage them to contact the governor as well. Thank you for all you do for animals!


Cathy Liss

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