Although China officially banned the ivory trade, with the law in effect since January of this year, the black market for these items is lucrative in the Asian country where ivory is still seen as a (beyond gaudy) sign of wealth and rhino horn is nonsensically believed to possess aphrodisiac qualities, despite being made of keratin, the same material that makes up our own fingernails.
The issue of elephant poaching became a huge hot topic when President Trump teeter-tottered on the issue of importing animal remains from so-called “trophy hunts” in Africa, but thankfully, individual states, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington, have instated their own bans against ivory … And now Illinois has joined these states in banning the sale of ivory and rhino horn!
According to the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), wildlife trafficking is among the top five criminal trades globally, alongside narcotics, human trafficking, weapons, and counterfeiting, and profits from the illegal wildlife trade surpass $20 billion annually! But does Illinois really even play a part in all this?
The somewhat surprising answer is “Yes.”
AWI compiled data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and discovered that between 2010 and 2015, more than 1,000 shipments of ivory with a total of nearly 12,000 items were processed at Chicago ports, with an alarming 2,500 of them allowed to pass through and enter the state.
This new ban on ivory and rhino horn should go over well with residents, as a 2016 survey showed that 71 percent of Illinois voters support a state ban on the materials.
Marc Ayers, Illinois director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement, “Illinois residents should rest assured knowing that their state has said ‘no’ to the ivory and rhino horn trade.”
Thank you, Illinois, for joining in the fight to save our world’s elephants and rhinos!
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Via: One Green Planet