California Passes Sweeping Ban On Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn "This is the year of the elephant in California."

  • metta

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    Sep 15, 2015 8:00 AM GMT
    California Passes Sweeping Ban On Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn
    "This is the year of the elephant in California."


    AB 96 passed in the CA Legislature! Now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-passes-sweeping-ban-on-elephant-ivory-rhino-horn_55e75831e4b0c818f61a6392
  • FRE0

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    Sep 15, 2015 10:52 PM GMT
    Good for them. However, it will not reduce the demand for those products in China which is the major consumer for them.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 16, 2015 8:28 PM GMT
    Gosh, I thought it had bee illegal for decades. Still, would be nice if it spread through the whole country and we could get other countries interested. Maybe even China would think about it. As far as I know, Japan still defends whale hunting. Sad.
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    Sep 16, 2015 9:43 PM GMT
    Sometimes bans have consequences contrary to what's intended. Hopefully bans such as this won't have negative consequences to wildlife and native populations.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/world/a-hunting-ban-saps-a-villages-livelihood.html?_r=0

    "Since Botswana banned trophy hunting two years ago, remote communities like Sankuyo have been at the mercy of growing numbers of wild animals that are hurting livelihoods and driving terrified villagers into their homes at dusk.

    The hunting ban has also meant a precipitous drop in income. Over the years, villagers had used money from trophy hunters, mostly Americans, to install toilets and water pipes, build houses for the poorest, and give scholarships to the young and pensions to the old."
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    Sep 17, 2015 12:14 AM GMT
    It would be nice if other countries follow California's example. Only it is a little too late, as the population of Elephant and Rhino are rapidly being depleted. Every year should be the year of the Elephant, the Rhino, the Shark and the Dolphin.