Walrus Ivory Bans in Lower 48 Hurt Alaska Native Artists

Walrus2 wikipedia 1200xCalifornia joins New Jersey in banning walrus ivory. More such bills are working their way through the Hawaii and Massachusetts legislatures. A New York ivory ban appears to exempt walrus ivory but includes mammoth tusks. “We have been quite concerned about the expanding ivory bans, as they have the real potential to negatively impact income opportunities for Native artists and villages where economies are depressed,” said Rosita Worl of the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

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