Emmy Award-winning “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage has teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States to help put an end to the ivory trade in the U.S. Dinklage is urging New York residents to enforce a statewide ban on illegally imported ivory products, which are typically made from the tusks of critically endangered elephants and rhinos.
New York City is one of the main commerce channels for illegally imported ivory products, so ivory traders and wildlife poachers would suffer a major financial blow if this legislation passes on June 19th. Prohibiting the import and trade of ivory throughout New York state would be a huge step toward finally ending the ivory trade worldwide.
Dinklage shared his support of the statewide ivory trade ban, saying, “It is an unfortunate fact that New York is home to the largest retail market of ivory in the United States. With more than 35,000 elephants killed for their tusks in 2013 alone, New York has a responsibility to pass legislation that would ban the sale of ivory products poached by criminal gangs, wildlife traffickers and international terrorist organizations.”
The longtime vegetarian has always been quite vocal when it comes to animal rights issues, participating in PETA’s “Face Your Food” farming exposé and publicly condemning New York City’s cruel horse-drawn carriages. As a New York resident, it is clear that fighting against local injustice is important to Dinklage, who urged state lawmakers “…to do everything possible to help the legislature pass an effective bill that will bring an end to our state’s participation in the deadly ivory trade.”
Hopefully, Dinklage’s passionate animal rights activism will garner enough support to finally put an end to the deadly ivory trade in the United States, and save thousands of threatened animals from unnecessary slaughter.
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