Today, the Humane Society of the United States released a new undercover investigation revealing a thriving market for elephant ivory in Connecticut and showing that the weak patchwork of laws surrounding the elephant ivory trade is not enough. Connecticut urgently needs a law banning the intrastate sale of ivory and parts and products from other imperiled species.
In November, our investigators found carved figurines, belt buckles, trinkets, a parasol handle and jewelry likely made of elephant ivory for sale in shops from New Hartford to Stamford and points in between. Of the 29 stores visited across the state, 19 had ivory for sale, and our investigators discovered a total of 169 pieces of suspected ivory priced from $12 to $1,250. Our investigators were never presented with the required documentation to prove the ivory items that were being sold were antiques and legally acquired.