SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ivory dealers in San Francisco’s Chinatown stood in their shop doors besides store windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets this week, unfazed by President Barack Obama’s announcement of proposed rules that the White House says go as far as the administration can go toward banning all U.S. trade of ivory from the world’s endangered elephants.
“Wooly mammoth ivory,” not elephant ivory, Chinatown store manager Michael Rasoyli said of the carved tusks in his store in San Francisco, which with Los Angeles makes up two of the country’s top three hubs for ivory sales.
“Cow bone,” store manager Virginia Lo said, in another Chinatown shop next door, of the half-dozen curved tusks up to 4
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