2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp. Artist: Jennifer Miller. Credit:  USFWS

Elephant meat seized in June crackdown on wildlife traffickers. Credit: ©U.S. ICE

Service Joins International Action Against Wildlife Traffickers

July 01, 2015
A 10-day international crackdown on wildlife trafficking recently netted about 30 seizures of illegal goods at U.S. airports and mail facilities. Operation FLYAWAY was led by the World Customs Organization with the help of the Service, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Items seized during the operation included queen conch shell meat, sea turtle shells and skulls, elephant meat, tiger teeth and ivory pendants. Many of the confiscated goods are regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and some items are prohibited under the Endangered Species Act.
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2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp. Artist: Jennifer Miller. Credit: USFWS
2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp. Artist: Jennifer Miller. Credit: USFWS

New Federal Duck Stamps Go On Sale

June 26, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe bought the first 2015-16 federal Duck Stamp today in Memphis, as the new issue of the conservation stamp went on sale for the first time. The 82nd Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, chosen from among 186 entries, depicts a pair of ruddy ducks painted by Jennifer Miller of Olean, N.Y. Proceeds from Duck Stamp sales fund wetland acquisition and conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The $25 stamps can be purchased online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and at some post offices and national wildlife refuges.
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Some of the illegal ivory came from walruses. Credit: USFWS
Some of the illegal ivory came from walruses. Credit: USFWS

Investigation Leads to Wildlife Trafficking Charges

June 25, 2015
Hawaiian Accessories Inc. and five individuals were recently indicted on charges of conspiracy, smuggling and violations of the Lacey Act for the illegal sale and transportation of multiple types of ivory, whale bone/teeth and black coral. The indictments come after an investigation by Service Law Enforcement, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.
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