- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Several pieces of ivory were on display at the Capitol as a state lawmaker from Oklahoma City seeks to ban the sale or purchase of ivory or rhinoceros horn in the state.

Democratic state Rep. Mike Shelton says his bill is designed to help curb illegal poaching of wildlife in Africa, where several species are threatened because of the black market ivory trade. He says about 100,000 African elephants have been killed in the last year to feed the demand for ivory, especially in Asia.

Officials from the Oklahoma City zoo visited the Capitol with a 20-pound piece of ivory valued at more than $30,000 from the tusk of one of its Asian elephants.

The bill is awaiting a hearing in the House Wildlife Committee.

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