It's been a tough week for the American ivory trade. On Monday Hawaii introduced legislation to crack down on ivory sales within its borders, and on Wednesday it was Oklahoma's turn.
Along with Oklahoma Zoo officials, Rep. Mike Shelton (D-Oklahoma City) introduced the bill, which would ban domestic ivory and rhino horn trading in the state.
"I'm calling on my colleagues of the Legislature to support this measure and to help us enact a law in effort to close the market that sustains illegal poaching," Shelton told The Oklahoman.
Lawmakers were shown a 20-pound elephant tusk, which would sell for around $30,000 on the black market.