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New NY law bans most ivory sales

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Audra McDonald. Photo credit: Wildlife Conservation Society Audra McDonald. Photo credit: Wildlife Conservation Society
Betty White. Photo credit: K. Mikelas Betty White. Photo credit: K. Mikelas
Alyssa Milano. Photo credit: Wildlife Conservation Society Alyssa Milano. Photo credit: Wildlife Conservation Society
Elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) Elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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New York is getting new restrictions on the sale of ivory or rhino horn to prevent the slaughter of the endangered animals.

On World Elephant Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law that prohibits the sale of ivory or items containing it unless they are antiques or used for educational or scientific purposes. The rules would also apply to rhino horn.

Cuomo says the new law sends the message that New York won't tolerate a trade that endangers elephants and rhinos around the world.

Federal law already tightly restricts ivory imports and interstate sales. Supporters of the new law say it will help eliminate the market for illegal ivory sales.

The Wildlife Conservation Society says New York is the nation's No. 1 importer of ivory.

As part of a nationwide initiative to call for the end of the ivory trade and to raise awareness of the elephant crisis, more than 100 zoos and aquariums delivered 96,000 messages to U.S. public officials in support of a ban on Tuesday.

The 96 Elephants Campaign is focused on securing a moratorium on the sale of ivory in the United States.

Supporters were asked to 'Go Grey' by wearing a grey ribbon or article of clothing.

Several celebrities posted 'elphies' on social media wearing grey including Audra McDonald, Betty White and Alyssa Milano.

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