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Calif. Ivory Ban Upheld By State Appeals Court

Law360 (November 2, 2018, 7:59 PM EDT) -- A California law that almost completely bans the sale or purchase of ivory or rhinoceros horn has been upheld, with an appeals court rejecting a challenge from an ivory trade group that supports transactions involving ivory from already existing stockpiles.

On Thursday, a unanimous three-judge panel rejected the Ivory Education Institute's argument that the 2015 law is unconstitutionally vague. The Institute argued that, although the statute allows for the sale or import of ivory as it is allowed under federal law, there are too many differences in that regard for California's law to be clear.

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