Ivory Ban Passes in Illinois

In May, the Illinois legislature passed HB 4843, a bill introduced by Rep. Martin Moylan (D) to restrict the sale of ivory and rhino horn within the state. On August 14, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed it into law. State restrictions on the legal sale of ivory and horn help reduce the market for smuggled ivory and horn. Illinois plays a role in this trafficking, which has resulted in the tragic deaths of so many African elephants and rhinos, as well as wildlife officials: US Fish and Wildlife seizure data indicate trafficking of ivory through the Port of Chicago.

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