The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar business and the fourth most lucrative transnational crime after drugs, weapons and human trafficking. The DOJ, FBI, NIA, CIA and ICE-HSI recognize the seriousness of wildlife trafficking and that the United States is a source, transit and destination country. While the federal government has banned most international imports and exports of elephant ivory, as well as interstate trade, ivory continues to be sold within 41 states. Massachusetts is one of them.
In January 2019, Senator Lewis and Representative Ehrlich of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts introduced HD 148, SD.60: An Act Prohibiting Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Trafficking. Please show your support for this bill by contacting your representatives in the state Senate and House of Representatives today!