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.
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.
Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Announces Date for Third Public Meeting
05/06/2014 - The Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, called upon by President Obama's Executive Order in 2013, will convene a third public meeting to consider recommendations for the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, discuss administrative topics, and hear public comments and questions. The meeting will be held on Monday, June 9, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the U.S. General Services Administration Building at 1800 F Street NW, Room 1153, Washington, DC 20405.
For more information on participating in the meeting, or submitting questions or comments, please read the Federal Register notice.
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.
Service Tightens Trade in Elephant Ivory
02/26/14- 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. (read more)
The Order instructs Service employees to strictly implement and enforce the African Elephant Conservation Act moratorium on the importation of raw and worked African elephant ivory and also mandates similarly strict adherence to the criteria established in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for exempting antiques from that statute’s prohibitions on import, export, and interstate sale.
Shortly after signing the Director's Order, Dan Ashe, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. The Department of State's Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones and the Department of Justice's Assistant Attorney General Robert G. Dreher testified alongside Director Ashe, as representatives of the three co-chairing agencies of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking. (read less)