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Service Suspends Import of Elephant Trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe

On April 4, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a suspension of imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe during calendar year 2014. Read the press release and Q&As to learn more about this decision. UPDATE as of 4/21/14: We have received a number of requests for additional information on the science and rationale that support these decisions. To address these requests, we have posted the required ESA and CITES findings to our website. Please click the links that follow to access a pdf version of these findings. Zimbabwe- Endangered Species Act enhancement finding and Tanzania- CITES non-detriment findingEndangered Species Act enhancement finding

President Directs Federal Agencies to Take Action in Response to Iceland's Trade in Whale Meat and Products

The President has notified Congress of actions he directed federal departments and agencies to take to encourage Iceland to cease international trade in whale meat and products. The instructions come in response to a certification issued by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell that Iceland's international trade is diminishing the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Click here for the press release.

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 a video and here for photos of the event.

Service Announces Regulation Change for three African Antelope Species

March 19, 2014 - The Service published a final rule, effective immediately, which excludes U.S. captive-bred animals and sport-hunted trophies of the scimitar-horned oryx, addax and dama gazelle from permitting requirements as long as certain conditions are met. Click here for more information.

White House Announces Renewed Collaboration with Canada and Mexico to Conserve the Monarch Butterfly

President Obama, Prime Minister Harper and President Peña Nieto recently met in Toluca, Mexico for the North American Leaders Summit. The leaders emerged with several commitments including the conservation of the periled Monarch butterfly. The Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management (Trilateral Committee) has made a continuing commitment to support the conservation of monarch butterflies. The Trilateral Committee will address the challenges and dedicate discussions to the preservation of this species in May 2014. View the joint statement here. Learn more about the Trilateral Committee here. Learn more about the Service’s efforts to conserve Monarch butterflies with our partners in Mexico here. Photo credit: USFWS

Service Tightens Trade in Elephant Ivory

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a Director’s Order tightening controls on the trade of elephant ivory and other products made from protected species. The Order represents the first in a series of administrative actions to further restrict commercialization of elephant ivory as called for in the National Strategy on Combating Wildlife Trafficking. Click here to read more.

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