Executive Order

On July 1, 2013, President Obama issued an Executive Order to enhance coordination of U.S. Government efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and assist foreign governments with capacity building. The Executive Order calls on the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, to establish an eight-member Council with representation from the private sector, former government officials, non-governmental organizations, and other experts on wildlife trade.

The Council serves as an advisory body to a Presidential Task Force consisting of senior-level representatives from across the federal government. The Council provides advice and recommendations to the Task Force on a multi-pronged approach to wildlife trafficking, including anti-poaching activities, law enforcement efforts and consumer demand reduction.

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   Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Holds    Second Public Meeting

On March 20, 2014, Advisory Council members met to present recommendations on the implementation of the National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking and to receive public comment regarding the National Strategy. Following discussion among Advisory Council members on the four major subcommittee areas, legal frameworks/reform, enforcement, communication/advocacy, and public/private partnerships, the Council listened to comments from the public. These included members of the antique and auction communities, museum curators, artists and musicians, representatives from non-government organizations, university students and other concerned members of the public. The next public meeting is scheduled for June, 2014. Click here for more information.

Advisory Council Meeting March 20, 2014 (Credit: USFWS)

Member Bios

Charter

Public Meeting Materials

Factsheet: U.S. Efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking



Members of the Council

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Contact the Advisory Council at acwt@fws.gov.


Judith A. McHale, Chair

Judith A. McHale, Chair
President and CEO
Cane Investments, LLC

David H. Barron

David H. Barron
Chairman, Board of Governors
The ICCF Group

Patrick J. Bergin

Patrick J. Bergin
Chief Executive Officer
African Wildlife Foundation

Tod H. Cohen

Tod H. Cohen
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
eBay Inc.
David J. Hayes

David J. Hayes, Vice-Chair
Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Law
Stanford Law School

Carter S. Roberts

Carter S. Roberts
President and Chief Executive Officer
World Wildlife Fund

Cristián T. Samper

Cristián T. Samper
President and Chief Executive Officer
Wildlife Conservation Society

John T. Webb

John T. Webb
Independent




Alternate Members of the Council

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Crawford J. Allan

Crawford J. Allan
Senior Director
TRAFFIC, Washington, D.C.
Stanley T. Asah

Stanley T. Asah
Assistant Professor
University of Washington
Marcus A. Asner

Marcus A. Asner
Partner
Arnold & Porter LLP
Susan R. Lieberman

Susan R. Lieberman
Independent