Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Holds Third Public Meeting
06/09/2014 - The Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Advisory Council), called upon by President Obama's Executive Order in 2013, held a third public meeting on Monday, June 9th, to consider recommendations for the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking (Task Force), discuss administrative topics, and hear public comments and questions. At this meeting, the Advisory Council adopted, by consensus, a set of recommendations to implement the National Strategy on Wildlife Trafficking and has submitted these recommendations to the Task Force for consideration.
Listen to the audio of the meeting here. (Full transcript will be available soon)
Revisions to U.S. CITES Implementing Regulations
May 27, 2014 - A final rule has been published revising the regulations that implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in the United States. The revised regulations incorporate certain provisions adopted at the fourteenth and fifteenth meetings of the Conference of the Parties to CITES and clarify other provisions to help us more effectively promote species conservation and fulfill our responsibilities under the Treaty. For a summary of the revisions, click here. The revised regulations will be effective on June 26, 2014.
Service Takes Next Steps in Commercial Elephant Ivory Trade Ban
05/15/2014 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced two actions relating to commercial trade in elephant ivory. These actions will help ensure that domestic markets do not contribute to the decline of African elephants in the wild, while also allowing certain activities to continue that we do not believe are contributing to poaching or illegal trade. Click here for the full press release. Click here for the Ivory Ban Q & A.
In the News
- 05/27- Ringleader Of International Rhino Smuggling Conspiracy Sentenced In New Jersey To 70 Months In Prison For Wildlife Trafficking Crime
- 04/02- Two Indicted for Selling Rhino Horns
- 04/02- Service Joins Trade Targeting Center
- 02/21- The Republic of Chad Crushes Stockpile of Seized Ivory
- 02/14- Narwhal Tusk Trafficker Convicted at Trial
- 02/11- White House Unveils National Strategy on Combating Wildlife Trafficking
- 02/11- Service Pursues Near Complete Ban on Commercialization of Elephant Ivory
- 02/06- France Destroys 6 Tons of Illegal Ivory
Service ‘Crashes’ Down on Suspected Rhino Horn Trafficking
Operation Crash is an ongoing nationwide criminal investigation led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that is addressing all aspects of U.S. involvement in the black market rhino horn trade.The first phase of this probe, which has focused on the unlawful purchase and outbound smuggling of rhino horn from the United States, has resulted in 15 arrests and nine convictions to date.(read more)
Charges filed against these defendants include conspiracy, smuggling, money laundering, tax evasion, bribery, and making false documents as well as violations of the Endangered Species Act and Lacey Act (a law that protects wildlife and plants from illegal trafficking). Eight of those arrested were taken into custody in February 2012 as part of a nationwide “takedown” that involved more than 140 law enforcement officers executing search warrants in 13 States. Successes in 2013 include the arrests and indictments of several other individuals (including Chinese and U.S. antiques dealers) who were operating a second large-scale rhino horn and elephant ivory smuggling network. (read less)
Read more about Operation Crash.
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