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Update: AB 96 Passes California Assembly, Awaits Senate

Update, Tuesday, June 2. Good news: AB 96, the bill to close ivory trade loopholes in California, has passed overwhelmingly and on a bipartisan basis in the state assembly. The 62-14 vote is a big win for Speaker Toni G. Atkins' bill. The state senate will now take up the legislation; we will keep you posted on upcoming hearings. 

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Will China Go Ivory Free?

On Friday, WildAid attended an ivory destruction event in Beijing, where nearly 1,500 pounds of tusks and carvings were destroyed. 

During the event, Zhao Shucong, head of China’s State Forestry Administration, announced that China "will strictly control ivory processing and trade until the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products are eventually halted.”

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Lang Lang Urges Chinese Travelers to 'Say No to Ivory’

Lang Lang, one of the world’s most famous classical pianists performing today, has stepped up to fight the global ivory trade in a stirring new public service announcement (PSA) to be distributed throughout his native China, the world’s largest market for ivory. 

As part of the Ivory Free campaign sponsored by WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants, Lang Lang’s PSA aims to educate the public on the toll that both legal and illegal ivory sales are taking on Africa’s elephants: An estimated 33,000 are poached annually.

'Illicit Ivory' Now Streaming Online

“Illicit Ivory,” a new half-hour documentary film by Earth Focus, investigates how criminal networks and militant groups use profits from ivory to fund insurgencies and terrorism. 

Between 2009 and 2014, organized criminal networks moved an estimated 170 tons of ivory — the yield from a quarter of a million dead elephants.  

The film features interviews with ivory trade experts including WildAid CEO Peter Knights. 

Watch the full film at KCET's website

Hong Kong Public Supports Ivory Ban

HONG KONG (May 26, 2015) — The Hong Kong public overwhelmingly supports a comprehensive ban on elephant ivory sales, according to a survey by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme released Tuesday. 

The new poll found that 75% of residents interviewed expressed support for outlawing ivory sales, which are currently poorly regulated in Hong Kong. Of those in favor, 55% “very much support” a ban, while 21% “quite support.” Additionally, three-quarters of respondents agreed that the Hong Kong government should stop issuing new ivory possession licenses.

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