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2015-07-25. Obama uses Africa trip to highlight proposed rules on ivory sales.

posted Jul 25, 2015, 3:41 PM by Alan Gould
By Darlene Superville and Kevin Freking, Associated Press. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: NAIROBI, Kenya — President Barack Obama moved Saturday to tighten U.S. rules on sales of ivory from African elephants, aiming to show progress on conservation as he began a trip to the region. Obama, in a joint news conference with Kenya's president in Nairobi, said the restrictions will eliminate the market for illegal ivory in the United States. "I can announce that we're proposing a new rule that bans the sale of virtually all ivory across state lines," Obama said. ...An estimated 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012. ...In Congress, some House lawmakers hope to prevent the proposed rule from being enacted. The National Rifle Association has warned the rule could ban the sale of many firearms with ivory inlays.... http://www.startribune.com/on-africa-trip-obama-unveils-more-ivory-sale-restrictions/318530171/