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Elephants DC, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Pennsylvania state lawmakers are working on a bipartisan effort to ban ivory sales in the Keystone State — and they need your support.

In the spring of 2015, Elephants DC’s vice president Ann Lewis met with Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Vereb (R — Montgomery County) to discuss a potential ban on ivory in her home state of Pennsylvania.

While the federal government has called for tighter restrictions on import, export, and interstate ivory sales, it is up to states to regulate their own domestic markets. Unfortunately, the ivory trade is alive and well in Pennsylvania, as evidenced by the high-profile arrest and prosecution of Victor Gordon in 2012. In 2014, Gordon was sentenced to 30 months in a U.S. prison for smuggling and selling millions of dollars worth of illegal ivory through his Philadelphia storefront.

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