Senator Raymond J. Lesniak championed the effort by sponsoring bill S.2012, which aims to help save elephants and other animals from their impending extinction by restricting illicit ivory sales in the state.
As the Senator told Elephants DC, the first organization that advocated for the bill, "Illegal ivory threatens the very existence of elephants on the face of the earth. If we get this through and sign it into law, we know it will be an inspiration to other states, Congress, and indeed other countries in the world to follow our lead."
So far, New Jersey is moving the strongest bill in the nation to protect elephants and rhinos from a criminal wildlife trafficking industry that turns a $19 billion profit worldwide each year.
"The illegal trade in ivory products contributes to organized crime, not only throughout the world but also here in the state of New Jersey," Senator Lesniak added.