NY Bans Most Ivory Sales
Aims to prevent elephant, rhino poaching
New York is getting new restrictions on the sale of ivory or rhino horn to prevent the slaughter of the endangered animals.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law on Tuesday that prohibits the sale of ivory or items containing it unless they are antiques or used for educational or scientific purposes. The rules would also apply to rhino horn.
Cuomo says the new law sends the message that New York won't tolerate a trade that endangers elephants and rhinos around the world.
Federal law already tightly restricts ivory imports and interstate sales. Supporters of the new law say it will help eliminate the market for illegal ivory sales.
The Wildlife Conservation Society says New York is the nation's No. 1 importer of ivory.