By Lisa Drahorad [Letter to Editor\
We are witnessing the largest scale of elephant massacre in decades — all to supply human greed for ivory.
I was surprised and extremely saddened to learn the United States has the second-largest market for ivory after China. Fortunately, concerned advocates and elected officials are recognizing the urgent need to close our state’s market for ivory by passing S2012, a bill that will ban ivory commerce.
The ivory trade is inherently cruel because entire families, even calves, are gunned down to obtain the animal’s tusks. There is a heavy human toll as well. Over a thousand park rangers have been killed by poachers while on duty. Poachers are employing more deadly, powerful and technologically advanced weapons to fight against park rangers and local wildlife enforcement efforts.
New Jersey should cease our dubious role in accelerating the decline of elephants by closing our market to ivory commerce. S2012 is New Jersey’s response to the elephant-poaching crisis, not only for the sake of the survival of elephants but also for providing a responsible environmental stewardship for the next generation.
I hope the governor will now sign this bill to make our state the first to enact such a ban and show just how Jersey Strong we really are.
-Marlton, New Jersey