NY leaders agree on bill to combat ivory trade

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is a step closer to adopting new restrictions on ivory sales to prevent the slaughter of elephants and rhinos.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he and top state lawmakers have agreed on a proposal that would ban ivory sales except if the ivory is part of an antique or used for educational or scientific purposes. The rules would also apply to rhino horn.

The bill also sets out penalties for those who violate the rules. It must be formally approved by lawmakers.

Federal law already tightly restricts ivory imports and interstate sales. Supporters of the new proposal say it will help eliminate the market for illegal ivory sales.

The Wildlife Conservation Society says New York is the nation’s Number 1 importer of ivory.

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