Support Connecticut Ivory-Rhino Horn Bill HB 5788

Ivory Free Connecticut

Ivory Free Connecticut

In a letter shared among constituents, your urgent help is needed.

The proposed ivory ban bill in Connecticut-HB 5788, is scheduled for a hearing at the Environment Committee this Friday at 12:30pm. The bill would prohibit the sales of ivory of elephants, mammoth, and a few other marine mammal species and rhino horns. There are narrow exemptions for musical instruments and de minimis antique items containing less than 20 percent of ivory, similar to the exemptions in the enacted New York law. We expect continued heavy push back from antique dealers and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

It looks like all public testimony submitted so far is in opposition to the bill, so it will be good to encourage people in favor of the bill to submit.
https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommDocTmyBillAllComm.asp?bill=HB-05578&doc_year=2016

The priority is to get Connecticut-based supporters to submit support testimony. Please ask your Connecticut-based friends to submit testimonies in “Support of HB 5578, Ivory/rhino horn ban bill”. Public hearing testimonies can be emailed to: envtestimony@cga.ct.gov

Please note: Out-of-state supporters are not useful and possibly detrimental UNLESS they make a link to Connecticut in some way. If you have out-of-state advocates who want to submit testimony, please be sure to ask that they provide a Connecticut angle (e.g., they do business here, they would boycott travel to Connecticut if we do not take action on the ivory ban bill, etc.).

Thank you so much for your compassionate advocacy for elephants.

An Open Letter to the Cleveland Orchestra

Ivory Free Ohio

Photo Credit; WWF

Dear Cleveland Orchestra,

My name is Christina LaMonica and I am the Founder and President of Ivory Free Ohio, a grassroots organization dedicated to ending the sale and trade of all Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting products. We have never met in person, but we have communicated over the telephone and through emails regarding the push to have these products banned in the state of Ohio.  As you may know I approached my District Senator in June, 2015.  I wanted to educate him about the devastating effects of the illegal Ivory trade, while encouraging him to create Legislation that would protect our national security and help save Africa’s keystone species from extinction.

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