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Two States Get Serious About Protecting Elephants and Rhinos From Poaching

Two States Get Serious About Protecting Elephants and Rhinos From Poaching

Earlier this week news broke about the death of a famous elephant who was killed by poachers for his tusks in Kenya. Satao, as he was known, was an icon at Tsavo East National Park who had tusks so long they almost reached the ground. Sadly, his magnificent tusks were what put him in danger.

His body was identified earlier this month by members of the Tsavo Trust and Kenya Wildlife Services after reports of a body came in. When they found him, his iconic tusks and most of his face were gone. The Tsavo Trust wrote in a heartbreaking obituary:

This magnificent elephant was widely known in Tsavo East National Park, where he was observed with awe by many thousands of Tsavo’s visitors over the years. No longer will Tsavo and Kenya benefit from his mighty presence. Satao was shot dead by poisoned arrow on 30th May 2014. The arrow had entered his left flank and he stood no chance of survival. We spotted his carcass on 2nd June but to avoid any potential false alarms, we first took pains to verify the carcass really was his. Today it is with enormous regret that we confirm there is no doubt that Satao is dead, killed by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for ivory in far off countries. A great life lost so that someone far away can have a trinket on their mantelpiece.

Numbers published earlier this month by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) paint a stark picture for the future for elephants, like Satao, who continue to be slaughtered for their tusks. According to the latest report over 20,000 African elephants were killed across the continent last year alone.

While the market for elephant ivory, and rhino horns, is big in Asia, the U.S. is also contributing to the decline of these species. While international efforts are under way to crack down on poachers and wildlife trafficking, this week lawmakers in New York and New Jersey stepped up by passing bills that would ban the sale and trade in rhino horns and ivory, which leave them each racing to become the first in the nation to pass such a law.

“New Jersey has a chance to be a global leader in elephant and rhino conservation by ending the ivory and rhino horn trade and setting an example for other states and nations to follow with the swift signing of this bill,” said Senate Economic Growth Chairman Raymond Lesniak.

New York  – which is believed to be the biggest importer of ivory into the U.S. – also just passed legislation of its own today. New York’s bill will ban the buying and selling of elephant ivory and rhino horns, with a few exceptions, and has also gone to the governor for a signature.

Lawmakers hope that banning the trade in ivory and rhino horns will not only cut off a a major port for wildlife traffickers, but will also help in the fight against terrorist organizations by eliminating a market for illegal products, in addition to helping push efforts to crack down on trafficking at the federal level.

Now wildlife advocates are urging both Governor Chris Christie and Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign these bills into law, and they’re getting support from some big names, including Merryl Streep, a New Jersey native, and Billy Joel, who both added their voices to those speaking out for elephants by urging swift passage of these bills.

Elly Pepper, Wildlife Advocate for the National Resources Defense Council said in a statement:

“The brutal and ongoing practice of slaughtering African elephants for their tusks may seem distant, but just recently we saw an ugly and vivid example of this practice as one of the world’s most recognized elephants was shot down in Kenya. New York State is the biggest market for ivory in the United States, which is the second-biggest market in the world. By making it harder for traffickers to sneak illegal ivory onto the market, the state is doing its part to ensure that the world’s remaining elephants are not massacred for trinkets and trophies.”

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7:35AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Poor Satao! You were loved.
I hope karma goes after whoever shot you!

7:19AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

So sad about Satao. The way I feel about poachers - immediate death penalty. If they are caught, just shoot them on the spot. Kill them for killing the elephants, or any other animal they are poaching. Basically the World needs to stop killing all the endangered animals. I know it is all about money, but how evil can humans be to continue doing this.

5:44AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

More protection is needed for all surviving elephants. The punishment for poachers needs to be a life prison sentence. Poaching of all elephants needs to be stopped with whatever means are necessary.
The ivory ban needs to be worldwide to make a difference.

9:41PM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

"Poachers are driven by money to feed their families".. absolute garbage.. Don't keep repeating that ridiculous lie.. Poachers are criminal gangs no different than heroin smugglers, trying to get rich quick. Most of them would kill their own families for the right amount of money and the only justice possible is to kill them on the spot. They are receiving huge sums from the worst criminals of Asia, particularly China and Vietnam and use high powered weapons and helicopters to perpetrate their terrorist crimes. How much does a helicopter cost. Get real.

12:06PM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

I hope this program will work.

7:04PM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

very sad--ty

3:31PM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

That is so sad. Drones can help stop this kind of thing happening so much.

9:09AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

NOTED LET`S HOPE THIS IS REAL!!!!!!! TY

8:49AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

This article is misleading. NY/NJ are seeking to ban the importation of ALL ivory for two reasons: one, we have a very large Asian population, and two, we jointly operate the Port Authority of NY & NJ, which runs Kennedy International and Newark International Airports, two of the busiest import/export hubs in the nation. The state bans will give local law enforcement greater leeway when dealing with those apprehended at the airports, enabling them to lock up law breakers without federal assistance.

China ALONE is responsible for 70% of all ivory consumed. I keep on seeing people make statements that the US is the number two consumer, or consumes half of all ivory, yet research does not bear these statements out in any, way shape or form, and frankly, they defy common sense. Americans know where ivory comes from, and they find the practice of poaching horrific, so I simply don't believe that there is a large market today for new ivory. Antique ivory is so expensive that, by definition, there cannot be a large market. Do you know anyone who owns ivory today? I sure don't.

7:15AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

It's a start . . . . . .

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