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Ivory Free Ohio-IFOH

Black Rhinoceros (Diceros Bicornis) and African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Africa. Photo Credit; WWF Black Rhinoceros (Diceros Bicornis) and African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Photo Credit; WWF

A Call to Action for Outlawing Ivory and Rhino Horn in the State of Ohio

The purpose of this petition is to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, and internet sales and distribution of raw and worked ivory and Rhinoceros horn products in the state of Ohio.

In 2014 the Obama Administration issued an Executive Order banning Ivory, yet the United States is still the second largest consumer as the order does include the import or in-state sale distribution loopholes. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2014) With

96 Elephants killed daily for their tusks and 1200 Rhino killed annually in S. Africa, (National Geographic, 2014) it is predicted that both of these keystone species will become extinct by 2025. (, 2015)

To understand the brutality of the killing, one must be aware of the methods – AK47’s, poisoned watermelons, cyanide…

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