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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.