Senator Jason M. Lewis
District: Fifth Middlesex
Political Party: Democrat
State Web Page: https://malegislature.gov/People/Profile/jml0
Personal Website: http://senatorjasonlewis.com/
Senator Lewis is sponsoring An Act relative to ivory and rhinoceros horn trafficking, this session. This bill clamps down on illegal ivory and rhino horn sales by restricting the sale, trade, and distribution of ivory and rhino horn in Massachusetts, ensuring that the Commonwealth doesn’t contribute to the unprecedented global poaching crisis. Elephants are being killed at an unsustainable rate; 35,000 African elephants were slaughtered in 2012 alone to satisfy the ivory market, an average of 96 per day. The United States ivory market is among the top globally, and a recent report ranked Boston/Cambridge as the seventh largest U.S. market.