Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday's Truths & Tidbits -- It's about the ivory

When it comes to issues affecting the health of our families and the environment, there is way too much bad news. But today, on Thursday's Truths & Tidbits, I have some good news to share about elephants -- you know those big, gray animals that are hunted down like, well ... animals ... just for their ivory tusks. It's so sad when a magnificent animal is gunned down for trophy or, in this case, for something like ivory. 

Photo courtesy of Lynn Greyling

So here comes the good news -- the Obama Administration has issued the final piece in a series of regulations to significantly limit the commercial ivory trade in America. The states most affected due to having the three biggest state ivory markets are California, Hawaii, and New York. The legal ivory trafficking in the U.S. is all but over with this near-total ban. Of course, that won't stop illegal poaching and trafficking, but it's a start. It's an acknowledgement by the government that what has been going on throughout the decades is unacceptable and punishable by law. 

If I were an elephant, I'd be trumpeting loud and clear.

Caring about the planet and its inhabitants,

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