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Vermont: Ban the Purchase and Sale of Ivory and Rhinoceros Horns

Vermont: Ban the Purchase and Sale of Ivory and Rhinoceros Horns

Name: Prohibiting the Purchase and Sale of Ivory and Rhinoceros Horns

Bill Number: H 220/S 117

Each year, worldwide elephant and rhino populations decrease as thousands of these animals are brutally killed by poachers for their tusks and horns. Elephant tusks are often used to create jewelry and for carving, while rhino horns are ground up for their alleged medicinal value. It is difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish between tusks and horns that were taken decades ago and ones that were taken last week, making the sale of “old ivory” detrimental to conservation efforts. HB 248 would create a statewide ban on the purchase and sale of all ivory and rhino horns, as well as products made from these materials. Exceptions will be made for ivory or rhino horns used for educational and scientific purposes. The continued legal trade in these products assists the black market in selling illegally-taken body parts, contributes to elephant and rhino poaching, and adds to the endangerment of these majestic animals.

 

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Ban the Purchase and Sale of Ivory and Rhinoceros Horns

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for H 220 and S 117, which would ban the purchase, sale, trade and possession with intent to sell of ivory and rhinoceros horns. Each year, thousands of elephants and rhinos are killed by poachers in order to harvest their tusks and horns. Elephant tusks are used to create jewelry and carvings while rhino horns are ground up for their alleged medicinal value.

This bill would allow for ivory and rhino horns used for educational and scientific purposes. Additionally, individuals could still legally inherit ivory and rhino horns as part of an estate.

Elephants and rhinos are two of the most majestic creatures on earth. Sadly, they are currently on the path to extinction. In the early 20th century, there were approximately 10 million elephants in Africa. In 2016, scientists estimated that there were less than 400,000 remaining on the continent. And with fewer than 30,000 rhinos worldwide, scientists warn that the current rate of poaching could lead to their extinction in less than 10 years.

This is a dire situation that needs immediate attention to discourage poaching and to save elephants and rhinos from extinction. I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this bill before the end of the current legislative session. Thank you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]