In a major victory for African wildlife, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 96 on Sunday to close a loophole in the state’s ban on importing and buying elephant ivory.
California is the third state to ban all sales of ivory after New York and New Jersey. The state is one of the largest U.S. markets for the product.
Second only to Los Angeles, San Francisco sells the most ivory in California. The city's Chinatown sells trinkets like jewelry, chopsticks, carved horns and statues.
California has already had an ivory ban on the books since 1977. Until now, shopkeepers were allowed to sell ivory that was imported before 1977.