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‘The Piano Man’ Says No to Ivory

Billy Joel joins to fight to ban the illegal ivory trade

By: Daniel Koren

Published: June 20th, 2014 in News » World

‘The Piano Man’ Says No to Ivory

Billy Joel, often referred to as ‘The Piano Man’, has joined forces with New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to restrict the market for ivory articles and rhinoceros horns.

Joel has showed his support for a new bill that would ban illegal ivory trade. The musician posted a message on his website reading, “To whom it may concern: I wholeheartedly support the ivory sales ban bill pending in New York State. I am a piano player. And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists,” he began.

“But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day. There are other materials, which can be substituted for piano keys. But magnificent creatures like these can never be replaced. Music must never be used as an excuse to destroy an endangered species. Music should be a celebration of life – not an instrument of death. Billy Joel,” he concluded.

On Tuesday, Cuomo released a statement via press release announcing an agreement with legislative leaders on the aforementioned bill.

“The illegal ivory trade has no place in New York State, and we will not stand for individuals who violate the law by supporting it,” Governor Cuomo said. “This bill expands restrictions on the sale of ivory materials and toughens penalties against those who sell them, helping to curtail the rise of a dangerous and cruel industry that is endangering animals around the world.”

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