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Decisions on Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies Support Conservation of Rhinos and Elephants

Effective March 26, 2015: Based on extensive assessments of the associated conservation and management programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has found that the import of two sport-hunted black rhinoceros trophies from Namibia will benefit conservation of the species, while the import of any elephant sport-hunted trophy from Zimbabwe will not.  Under the Endangered Species Act, the Service authorizes imports for sport-hunted trophies of elephants and rhinos only when hunting in the country of origin is well-regulated, sustainable and benefits conservation of the species in question. For more information, please refer to the press releaseQ&A on Zimbabwe elephants, and Q&A on Namibia's black rhinos.

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Service Lists Four Nonnative, Large Constrictor Snakes as Injurious Wildlife

March 6, 2015: The Service has declared the reticulated python, DeSchauensee's anaconda, green anaconda and Beni anaconda to be "injurious" under the Lacey Act.  This action, which will go into effect on April 9, 2015, will prohibit import of the four snakes into the United States and its territories, as well as transport across state lines for snakes already in the country, and is intended to help restrict the snakes' spread in the wild. For more information on how this action will impact snake owners, please refer to our factsheet.

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Service, Partners Fight Wildlife Crime

March 3, 2015: Poaching and wildlife trafficking threaten some of the world’s best known and most beloved species, including elephants and rhinos, as well as lesser-known species like the pangolin. On this World Wildlife Day, the Service’s headquarters joins partners around the world to show that we are serious about wildlife crime. With the Ivory CrushOperation CrashNational Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, and, in 2014 alone, more than $15 million invested in wildlife security support worldwide through the Multinational Species Conservation Funds and Wildlife Without Borders – Africa, the U.S. and the Service are hard at work to end the global crisis.

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Implementation Plan for National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Released

February 11, 2015:The U.S. Departments of the Interior, Justice, and State have released the implementation plan for the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. Building upon the Strategy’s three objectives – strengthening enforcement, reducing demand for illegally traded wildlife, and expanding international cooperation – the plan lays out next steps, identifies lead and participating agencies for each objective, and defines how progress will be measured. Read the implementation plan and Director’s blog for more information.

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Report to President: Actions Taken in Response to Iceland's Trade in Whale Meat and Products

January 30, 2015:  The Secretaries of the Interior, State, and Commerce have submitted a report to the President outlining actions that have been taken by U.S. agencies and departments to encourage Iceland to halt commercial whaling and international trade in whale meat, and support international conservation efforts.  In April 2014, the President directed federal agencies to undertake and report on such actions in response to the Secretary of the Interior’s certification that Iceland’s international trade in whale meat and products diminishes the effectiveness of CITES.  Read the report.

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