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96 Elephants campaign helps achieve ivory bans in New York and New Jersey and expand social media impact in China96 Elephants sparks 672,500 emails to officials in support of elephantsCGI launches The Elephant Action Network to increase conservation partners and monitor successes NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2014)—The Wildlife Conservation Society reported today at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting a number of encouraging gains achieved over the past year in the fight to save Africa’s eleph...

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WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper commends New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing a historic law banning the purchase and sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn.

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New Law Elevates Penalties on Criminals Profiting From Killing of Elephants and Rhinos NEW YORK (August 12, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and The Nature Conservancy applaud New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for signing a state ban on the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horn today on World Elephant Day. Governor Cuomo signed into law a two-house bill formulated to address New York State’s statu...

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Nationwide activities send message to stop ivory trade and raise awareness of elephant crisis 96,000 messages sent to officials from national 96 Elephants coalition96 elephants are gunned down every day for their ivoryCampaign URL: www.96elephants.org [New York – World Elephant Day – August 12, 2014] The 96 Elephants campaign and its coalition of partners throughout the U.S. is commemorating World Elephant Day today.As part of the World Elephant Day celebration, more than 100 partnering AZA acc...

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This World Elephant Day, Elizabeth Bennett, Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society, suggests New York set an example for the rest of the country and the world and ban the sale of ivory.

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Variety of World Elephant Day activities will raise awareness of elephant crisis and help stop poaching for ivory 96,000 messages will be sent to public officials from more than 118 zoos around the U.S. Public is urged to “GO GREY” for elephants Hard Rock Cafe, DoSomething.org will launch campaigns in support 96 Elephants World Elephant Day URL: http://96elephants.org/wed/ NEW YORK (August 5, 2014) The 96 Elephants campaign has launched an elephant-sized effort to commemorate World Elephant Day ...

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New York State Makes History: Sends Clear Message to Criminals Benefiting from the Killing off of Elephants and Rhinos Legislation Elevates Penalties; Emphasizes That Poaching of Wildlife Leads to Security Problems in Communities Across the Globe NEW YORK (June 20, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, and The Humane Society of the United States praised the New York State Legislature today for passing landmark legislation that bans the sale and purch...

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Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, and Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan District Attorney, urge the New York State Senate to pass the ban on the purchase or sale of ivory.

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Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, and John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Pubic Affairs, discuss the “96 Elephants” initiative.

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John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, discusses the 96 Elephants Campaign, including proposed legislation to ban the sale of ivory in New York State.

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