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New Jersey Governor Chris Cristie has presidential aspirations, so no matter where you live, now its time for everyone to weigh in on the draconian ivory ban recently passed by the New Jersey legislature. CALL or EMAIL Gov. Christie TODAY! See below for details.
In a move that caught just about everyone by surprise, the New Jersey legislature quietly passed S.2012/A.3128, a draconian total ivory ban bill with no exemptions for existing legal ivory and that even bans 10,000-year-old mammoth ivory. This poorly drafted bill even opens the door to outright confiscation of ivory-handled knives and arrest of knife owners!
Knife Rights unequivocally supports legitimate efforts to stop the illegal slaughter of elephants in Africa, but this bill will not save a single elephant. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, the New Jersey legislature has decided to launch an all-out attack on innocent New Jerseyans by passing an absurd TOTAL Ivory Ban that will not save a single living elephant.
Knife Rights has asked Gov. Christie to veto this irrational and ve... WRITE or CALL the Governor TODAY and ask him to VETO S.2012/A.3128. See links to model letters below.
The NJ Ivory Ban Bill outlaws ALL ivory from ANY ANIMAL (elephant, hippo, mammoth, narwhal, walrus, whale, etc.). It makes it illegal to to import, sell, offer for sale, purchase, barter or possess with intent to sell (a intentionally vague term of law subject to abusive interpretation that could lead to knife confiscations and arrests) any ivory or ivory product with no exceptions for antique or heretofore legal ivory imported decades ago prior to the existing 24-year-old U.S. ban on ivory imports.
This bill will not save a single elephant because study after study have shown no connection between the legal ivory market in decades-old ivory in the U.S. and poaching in Africa. International and U.S. studies document that virtually all the ivory poached in Africa goes to China where it is valued at 6 times the price of decades-old legal ivory in the U.S. Moreover, it is already a federal crime to import ivory into the U.S. and a crime to possess or sell illegally imported ivory.
This outrageous and draconian bill also represents an unconstitutional "taking" of protected private property, violating both the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, #1 and #20 of the N.J. Constitution. While lawsuits challenging this law, if signed, wend their way though the courts, untold hundreds or thousands of ivory owners will be arrested and prosecuted under this absurd law.
NOTHING IN THIS ABSURD BILL WILL SAVE A SINGLE ELEPHANT!
WRITE or CALL the Governor TODAY and ask him to VETO S.2012/A.3128.
Email Governor Christie at: Constituent.Relations@gov.state.nj.us
Call the Governor at: 609-292-6000
Federal Domestic Ivory Ban Update
On June 24th the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held an Oversight Hearing on "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Plan to Implement a Ban on the Commercial Trade in Elephant Ivory." There were two panels of witnesses and the hearing lasted over two hours. The video of the hearing is now available at for viewing.
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