Act Now To Save Animals Facing Extinction


In May 2016, the Hawaiian legislature unanimously passed S.B. 2647, which will protect 17 animals facing extinction.  Find out more about the problem of wildlife trafficking in Hawaii, and how you can help ensure this new law is implemented properly.

  • Bill Status

    S.B. 2647 passed in May 2016

  • Unique Advertisements for Wildlife Products (6-Day Period)


  • Products in Stock or For Sale (6-Day Period)


  • Value of Products for Sale

    $1.2 million

The "Endangered Species Capital of the World"

Despite being less than one percent of the land mass of the United States, Hawaii is home to 25 percent of the county’s endangered species, earning the title of “endangered species capital of the world.”

Hawaii is also the third-largest market for ivory in the United States, due in part to Hawaii’s position as a major Asia-Pacific center of commerce and tourism, with dozens of flights and ships entering its ports and airports daily from across Asia and the Pacific.

About the Legislation

S.B. 2647 bans the sale of wildlife products in Hawaii from certain endangered species, but does not ban possession, transference, or inheritance of these products.  The bill also improves law enforcement coordination in Hawaii for addressing trafficking in these endangered species products.

Species Covered

S.B. 2647 protects a wide range of imperiled species, including some that are found in Hawaii, and many that pass through the Islands or are sold in Hawaiian markets online or in store fronts.  Specifically, the bill addresses trade in the following species:  elephants, rhinoceros, tiger, great apes, Hawaiian monk seal, sharks, rays, sea turtles, walrus, narwhal, whales, hippopotamus, lion, pangolins, cheetah, jaguar, and leopard.


The ban does not apply to bona fide antiques, guns, or knives with historical documentation (where the wildlife product is less than 20 percent of the object’s volume), or products for educational or scientific purposes, or products acquired or distributed by a museum.  Pre-1975 musical instruments with small wildlife components (less than 20 percent) are also exempt.  The ban does not apply to endangered species products used in traditional cultural practices protected by the Hawaii State Constitution.

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