Oh, these poor hunters! Banning ivory has made them anxious on how they can keep their weapons since many have ivory inlays. So they come running to those senators who support hunting and who like to kill themselves.
“Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), whose endorsements include the National Rifle Association, has introduced a bill (The Lawful Ivory Protection Act of 2014; S. 2587/H.R. 5052) to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from implementing much needed regulations in the U.S. to combat elephant ivory trafficking.
This bill is wrong at a time when nearly 100 elephants are brutally killed by poachers every single day.
Senator Alexander, with the support from Congressman Steve Daines (R-MT), claim to be concerned about the new rules impacting any owners of “legal” ivory, however the FWS’s new rules allow for the possession of legally owned ivory, so in reality, their concern is for gun owners and “sportsmen,” whose guns and rifles, knives, and weapon cleaning equipment often contain ivory from killed elephants and for elephant trophy hunters.”
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