What does the PA legislation call for?

Prohibiting the import, and/or intrastate sale, purchase, barter or possession of ivory or rhinoceros horn. Co-sponsored by Reps Dean (D) and Toohil (R) Posted Feb 2, referred to Judiciary Committee Feb. 23, 2017

What was the Philadelphia Zoo’s role in promoting the legislation?

Kim Lengel, Zoo VP Conservation and Education joined representatives from Elephants D.C. and the Humane Society International in testifying at the House Judiciary Committee hearing Feb. 24, 2017.

See transcript of testimony here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/TR/Transcripts/2017_0013T.pdf

Lengel testified on behalf of the Zoo's 60,000 member households and more than 1.2 million annual visitors, that the Zoo enthusiastically backs this critical legislation to ensure that Pennsylvanians do not play a role in supporting illegal wildlife trafficking and the criminal syndicates funding it.

What is the status of the legislation?

Currently in the House Judiciary Committee.

What can festival audiences do if they want to take action?

Audiences can contact their state representatives and encourage the Committee to move this bill out of Committee.

Submit a letter or email to your local state representative asking for their support on HB248 and to encourage the House Judiciary Committee to move this bill out of the Committee.

To find your local state representative simply visit: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/

Your message can be short, stating simply “I am a constituent – please support Representative Dean’s legislation to end the ivory trade in PA!”

ALSO: Please join Philadelphia Zoo representatives and HSUS PA at the Capitol in Harrisburg on Humane Lobby Day. Stop by and see your rep in their office and tell them you support HB 248.

FINALLY Thanks to Representatives Madeleine Dean and Representative Tarah Toohil for sponsoring this bipartisan bill, HB248 and their commitment to saving elephants and rhinos: https://www.facebook.com/RepMadeleineDean https://www.facebook.com/RepToohil

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