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 U.S. states and D.C.
In January 2019, the D.C. Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety introduced B23-0034, an act prohibiting ivory and rhinoceros horn trafficking. The bill was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Evans and White. A ban on these animal products will send a clear message that there is no place for ivory and rhino horn in our nation's capital.
Please show your support for B23-0034 by contacting your representatives today!