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Marylanders: Why Is Ivory Still for Sale in Your State?

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Ivory is not art -- it symbolizes the death of a magnificent species.  Pictured here: a crude ivory carving for sale in Baltimore, MD in 2015. (photo by Heidi Osterman) Ivory is not art — it symbolizes the death of a magnificent species. Pictured here: a crude ivory carving for sale in Baltimore, MD in 2015. (photo by Heidi Osterman)

A bucket full of canes with ivory handles. A pile of bangle bracelets. Scores of carvings — some decadent, some crude.  These are just a few of the ivory products that have been up for sale in Maryland in the last year, according to elephant advocate Heidi Osterman.

The story of how these items came to be sold in Maryland is a long and bloody one.  And as long as they continue to be commercially traded, there’s only one ending: the extinction of elephants.

Elephants are now being slaughtered for their tusks faster than they’re being born. These gentle animals face extinction in less than 10 years — all for mere bracelets and trinkets. According to INTERPOL and other experts, more than 35,000 elephants…

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