Here are just a few of them:
Promoting Responsible Commerce by Severing Links With Terrorism
In our interview, Assemblyman Mukherji stressed the alarming connection between elephant poaching and terrorism, as powerful links have been made between terrorist syndicates such as al-Shabaab and Boko Haram and the illegal ivory trade, which helps fund their kidnappings, murders, and attacks.
"I'm an animal lover," Assemblyman Mukherji said. "But that's not the only reason to support this legislation. If you are in favor of responsible commercial activity, you should be supportive of this legislation. I'm a former sergeant in the Marine Corps reserve who served in military intelligence as a reservist, and this legislation has implications for national security given the ties between terrorist organizations and poaching profits."
Closing the Gateway for the Second Largest Ivory Market in the World
At first, the elephant poaching epidemic might seem to be a far away problem, with elephants killed on the plains and forests of Africa, and much of their ivory ending up in Chinese shops. But Assemblyman Mukherji points out that the problem is actually much closer to home. As he put it, "Some people are surprised to learn that despite the [limited] ban on ivory importation that went into effect a few decades ago, the United States remains the second largest market for ivory in the world after China."