3 Responses to Reps. Young and Peterson Introduce Legislation to Protect Lawful Ivory Possession

  1. RationalAmerican

    Feb 4, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Finally, some common sense (and bipartisan! please take note of that) legislation proposed for actually helping wildlife AND offering fairness towards law abiding Americans who own & should be able to transact in legal ivory. And YES, there is a lot of legal, vintage and antique ivory pieces that are NOT mere unimportant “trinkets”, and are pieces of art, culturally hugely important and absolutely worth protecting, preserving and continuing a legal market for. This bill approaches the issue surgically and appropriately. It’s about time something reasonable (that would also actually be effective in achieving its stated goals) is proposed. We all want to conserve today’s Elephants and Rhinos (and other endangered or threatened wild life) while not trampling over innocent, law abiding Americans rights in the process. There is a workable & effective solution for this, fair to all parties..and this is on the right track. Rational, caring, thinking Americans, support this legislation and the legislators who introduced it and support it.

    • Robin Huff

      Mar 27, 2015 at 7:47 am

      All one has to do to find not only questionable but obviously illegal post-ban ivory for sale in the U.S. is tune into any number of online auctions every weekend. Now they have begun describing the items as “bone” (their quotation marks) as an obvious denial that they know they are even selling ivory. Unless each and every ivory item is somehow dated or carries a provenance proving the ivory is pre-ban, ivory should not be allowed on the open market, especially as long as the U.S. remains the leading buyer of finished illegal (poached) ivory products. Shutting down the ivory trade is the ONLY way poaching for ivory will end. Everything rises and falls in value: making ivory worthless is an acceptable trade-off to save the elephant and rhino from total extinction, which would simply be a moral sin.

  2. Martin Levy

    Feb 5, 2015 at 5:45 am

    This debate has been closely followed in Europe. The bipartisan legislation you report will be welcomed by all who wish both to protect endangered species, while encouraging the appreciation of works of art that are our cultural inheritance.