He probably won’t adopt an elephant as a political logo, but saving elephants has become a mantra of state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20), veteran Democrat from Elizabeth, who today will march at the head of a caravan in the nation’s capital calling for a national ban on the commercial trade of ivory.
He also plans to announce plans to junk New Jersey’s nickname in faor of something more appropriate.
“The black market sales of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns is thriving, fueled by the slaughter of an estimated 35,000 elephants a year and supported by the sale and purchase of ivory and rhinoceros horn products,” said Lesniak, the keynote speaker at the Elephant D.C. march. “We’re all creatures of God, and we need to recognize that, and treat all animals that way, and keep God’s creatures alive wherever they roam the earth and certainly not contribute to their extinction.”
A long-time advocate for animals, the senator sponsored groundbreaking legislation to ban the domestic sale of ivory and rhino horn in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law on August 5, 2014.
Lesniak will open the D. C. event at the Lincoln Memorial with brief remarks and then speak at the Lafayette Square rally, according to Richard McGrath, spokesman for the Senate Majority Office.