Seized ivory carvings destroyed at the Service’s recent Ivory Crush in Times Square
illustrate the fate of many African elephants as a result of the illegal ivory trade. / Credit: Gavin Shire USFWS
Amid Poaching Crisis, President Obama Announces Proposal to Tighten Controls on Domestic Ivory Trade
July 25, 2015
In response to a growing poaching crisis that is rapidly pushing populations of African elephants, rhinos and other species to the brink of extinction, President Obama today announced that the Service is proposing new regulations that will result in a near total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory. The proposed revisions to the African elephant rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) would prohibit most interstate commerce (sales across state lines) in African elephant ivory and would further restrict commercial exports.
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