The following is WildAid's official statement on AB 96, a bill that would strengthen California's ban on ivory that was introduced on January 8, 2015:
The bill introduced today by California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins would close loopholes that have made it difficult, if not nearly impossible, to enforce California's 40-year-old ban on ivory.
For decades, criminals have used the legal trade of ivory imported prior to 1977 in order to launder illegal ivory from Africa, where 33,000 elephants are killed for their tusks every year. With the passage of this bill, California would join New York and New Jersey in closing this loophole and adopting stiffer criminal and civil penalties on the sale of ivory.
WildAid supports AB 96 and encourages California's legislature to join us in our fight to save Africa's remaining elephants before it's too late.
According to Charity Navigator ratings, WildAid now ranks as the top Wildlife Conservation charity within the Animals category. With our new rating of 99.42 (out of 100), WildAid is up from last year's rating of 99.18.
LAST DAYS, Kathryn Bigelow’s PSA about elephant poaching, is now available online in conjunction with the launch of LASTDAYSOFIVORY.COM. The film and website aim to put the illegal ivory trade and the terrorists profiting from it out of business, in order to protect endangered elephants and innocent people. Of the project, the Academy Award-winning director says: “An elephant disappears every 15 minutes. It is our hope that this film helps to bring an activist into existence at least that often.”
Chinese film icon and WildAid Ambassador Li Bingbing took the Ivory Free pledge and released a new PSA and print campaign at a Beijing press conference on December 5. The new PSA will be broadcast on television and on more than 1,300 movie screens through a partnership with Wanda Cinemas. The print ads are displayed now at airports in Beijing and Shanghai.