Hawaii lawmakers move to ban ivory sales

Hawaii lawmakers move to ban ivory sales

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are pushing a bill to ban the sale of ivory help stop poachers from killing thousands of elephants each year for their tusks.

The House Committee on Water and Land passed a bill during a hearing Friday that would ban the sale of undocumented elephant ivory. The bill would also ban selling parts of other animals like tigers, sharks and rhinoceros.

Animal rights advocates say if left unregulated, Hawaii could have the largest ivory market in the country. Federal officials say the state is a prime location for smugglers looking to traffic illegal ivory because it's a gateway to Asia.

Right now, federal law bans importing elephant ivory for commercial purposes. Some ivory sales in Hawaii are already prohibited based on the age of the ivory.

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