States Banning The Sale of Fossil Ivory
and Proposed Legislation
Because of the poaching of African Elephants, many countries have banned the import of modern Ivory. Smugglers have been marking shipments of modern ivory as fossil ivory to get it past customs. Here in the United States, beginning with New Jersey and New York, state legislators have been submitting bills to ban the sale of all ivory, modern and fossil.
While the differences between extant elephant ivory and fossil Mammoth ivory have been recognized for some time, and a good example and description can be found on the Fish and Wildlife Service page; www.fws.gov/lab/ivory_natural.php, State legislatures have simply decided to go the less expensive route and ban all ivory. This should be addressed in each state that bans fossil ivory.
For clarification, we are posting the complete legislation and proposed bills of all states involved. The list will be updated on a regular basis and we will do our best to keep it current.
California Effective July 1, 2016 Hawaii, effective January 1, 2017
Nevada, New Hampshire, effective January 1, 2019
New Jersey, effective August 1, 2014 New York effective, June 30, 2015
Oregon effective May 18, 2017
Living Elephant Only Washington State
, Living Elephant Only
The following states have proposed legislation in process. If and when bills are signed into law, we will update the links. NOTE: While we make every attempt to locate the current legislation regarding fossil Ivory, new bills and current legislation is not always easily found. You must check with your own state legislators to see if there are additional proposed bans or bills that have passed.
Arkansas, Died in Senate April 22, 2015 Connecticut,Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Maryland,Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,Rhode Island, Vermont,
1. Arkansas; Senate Bill 928 (Killed in Committee)
2. Connecticut; Proposed Bill No. 5700 (Vague definition of Ivory), Tabled for the Calendar, House May 5, 2015. Legislative Link
3. Florida; Senate Bill 1120 (Includes Mammoth Ivory), Died in Environmental Preservation and Conservation Location: In committee/council (EP), May 1, 2015. Legislative Link
4. Illinois; Senate Bill 1858 (Includes Mammoth Ivory), Currently in Committee, May 15, 2015 Legislative Link
5. Iowa; SF 30 (Includes Mammoth Ivory) In Sub-committee February 11, 2015 Legislative Link
6. Maryland; House Bill 713 (Vague definition of Ivory), Unfavorable Report by Judiciary, remains in Committee, March 16, 2015 Legislative Link
7. Massachusetts; Senate Bill S.2575 (Includes Mammoth Ivory) Remains in Committee June 25, 2018. Legislative Link
8. Oklahoma; HB1787 (Vague definition of Ivory), Second Reading referred to Wildlife Committee February 3, 2015 Legislative Link
9. Rhode Island; House 5660 (Includes Mammoth Ivory) Committee recommended measure be held for further study, April 15, 2015 Legislative Link
10. Vermont; House 297 (Includes Mammoth Ivory), In Committee February 24, 2015 Legislative Link
11. Washington; House Bill 1131 (Includes Mammoth Ivory) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status. June 28,2015 Legislative Link
12. Delaware; Senate Bill 156 (Includes Mammoth Ivory) Senate Banking and Business Committee June 24, 2015. Legislative Link
13. Michigan; Senate Bill 371 (Includes Mammoth Ivory) REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES June 4, 2015 See also House Bill 4509 Legilative Link