Halting Trafficking in Ivory and Rhino Horn (Massachusetts)

Massachusetts Bill: S.496/H.772

Despite increased education about the devastating impact of poaching on elephants and rhinos, the illegal ivory trade has doubled since 2007 globally. Elephants and rhinos killed for their tusks and horns are often chased and then shot with military-grade weapons. Their faces are mutilated to harvest the tusks and horns, sometimes while the animal is still alive.

Though the federal government enacted a near-total ban on commercial elephant ivory trade three years ago, it doesn’t regulate trade within a state (it only impacts import into the U.S. and trade between states). An Act Preventing Trafficking in Ivory and Rhino Horns, S.496 and H.772, sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Lori Ehrlich, would close that loophole in Massachusetts. The bill restricts the sale, trade, and distribution of ivory and rhino horn.

It is supported by Ivory Free Massachusetts, a coalition of animal protection and wildlife conservation groups, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Learn more about the bill on the coalition website.

If you live in Massachusetts, take action and urge your legislators to support this bill.

Senior Legislative Affairs Manager Stephanie Harris testifying before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Ag. in support of the Beagle Bill and a bill to restrict the sale of ivory and rhino horn in the state.