Massachusetts - SB450
An Act relative to ivory and rhino horn trafficking
January 17, 2017
Inserts new Chapter 131B to prohibit the importation, sale, and purchase of ivory with few exceptions. Establishes graduated penalties starting at a $4,000 fine and imprisonment up to 18 months with maximum penalties under this section standing at 7 years imprisonment and at least $100,000 in fines in addition to all ivory being seized. Establishes the Endangered Elephant and Rhino Conservation and Education Fund to expand enforcement efforts of this provision. The Fund will consist of all monies received as part of the penalties of this section in addition to gifts or other appropriations.