COLUMBUS—Today on World Elephant Day, State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) announced that he will introduce a resolution to urge the federal government to curb the illegal ivory trade.

The resolution, which will be formally introduced in the Senate on Monday, calls on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enforce the rules it adopted this year to restrict the illegal African ivory trade in the U.S. These regulations are aimed at confronting the growing poaching crisis by tightening domestic controls and removing illegal ivory from market circulation.

"Last fall, I had the opportunity to meet with senior government officials in Botswana and Namibia and discuss the devastating impact of poaching in sub-Saharan Africa," said LaRose. "Elephant poaching produces major profits for organized crime, militant groups and terrorist organizations that launder illegal ivory through U.S. markets. By focusing on reducing demand for illegal ivory, the federal government can improve security around the globe while protecting a truly majestic species from extinction."

Today is the fifth annual World Elephant Day, an international awareness event established to draw attention to the threat of extinction faced by African and Asian elephants. According to reports by wildlife experts, 96 elephants on average are slaughtered every day for their ivory.

The resolution will soon be referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.

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